Mechanic’s family pay tribute after crash that also killed police officer


The family of a mechanic killed in a terrible accident at Victoria paid homage to him.

Josh Moore, 23, was killed in a head-on collision at Red Cliffs near Mildura, northwest of Melbourne, on Friday night.

Loved ones embrace as they mourn the death of Josh Moore. (Nine)

A second highway patrol officer, leading Senior Constable Thomas Kinnane, was seriously injured.

“Nobody wants to go through this,” said Trish Granger, Josh’s aunt.

“We’re not just crying for our family. We’re also crying for theirs.”

Mr Moore’s friend Reece said he was a reliable companion.

“Josh was the best, any time of the night you could call him, he would pick you up wherever you were,” he said.

His sister Bianca added: “He was always there for me no matter what.”

Mr Moore was heading for the house of his companion Adam Leigh, but he never made it there.

Senior Agent Bria Joyce and Josh Moore were killed in a head-on collision near Mildura. (Nine)

Tributes also continued to pour in for Senior Constable Joyce, who is remembered as a hero also when she was off duty, saving a 14-year-old girl with autism from the Murray River .

The girl’s father, Dale Barclay, said his daughter was overwhelmed.

“It could have been quite disastrous if Bria wasn’t there,” he said.

“I think they should be very proud of her, as a person and as a policewoman.”

Friends and family pay tribute to Josh Moore. (Nine)

It is not known what caused the collision.

An increasing number of floral tributes have been left at Mildura Police Station.

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