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Driver faces court over fatal 'drag race'

AAP logoAAP 12/12/2016 Melissa Iaria

Witnesses saw two vehicles travelling at high speed before one ploughed through a road barrier and exploded in a fireball, killing the two Melbourne teenagers inside.

Harley Churchill, 19, and his passenger, Ivana Clonaridis, 18, were killed when the blue ute they were in crashed through a guard rail near the EJ Whitten bridge, rolled down an embankment and burst into flames.

Adem Arpaci, 22, is charged with culpable driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death over the January 27 crash at Keilor East.

Witness Cain Mitchell told the first day of a pre-trial committal hearing he saw a blue ute fly past to catch up to a silver Ford, before the ute careered off a bridge.

"It came out of nowhere and flew past in the right lane," Mr Mitchell said.

He estimated to police the ute was probably speeding at up to 200km/h before the crash.

Police allege Aparci and Mr Churchill were drag racing in the lead-up to the crash.

The committal hearing for Arpaci resumes in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

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