Originally written by WAYNE DREW
AN accident at Harrow on Saturday night has claimed the lives of a Cavendish man and a Balmoral man.
Jason East, 21, of Cavendish, and Nathan Pascoe, 23, of Balmoral, were killed in the single vehicle accident.
Senior Constable Michael Henry, of Police Media, said the accident happened on Saturday night.
“The accident is believed to have occurred around 11pm on the Coleraine-Edenhope Rd, about two kilometres north of the intersection with the Harrow-Balmoral Rd,” Sen Const Henry said.
“The sedan left the road and went into a gully where it hit a tree.
“The men were the only occupants of the vehicle.”
Mr Pascoe was a prominent cricketer with Pigeon Ponds Cricket Club in the Casterton and District Cricket Association.
CDCA president, John Donegan, said yesterday the cricket association extended its sympathy to both families and also to the Pigeon Ponds Cricket Club.
Cavendish Football-Netball Club vice-president, Wendy Barnes, said the deaths had “totally rocked the community”.
Mrs Barnes said Mr East was a much respected person in the Cavendish community.
“He had a heart of gold,” Mrs Barnes said.
“He was a very loyal member of the (Cavendish) football club.
“Jason loved everybody and everyone was Jason’s mate.
“He lived life to the fullest and loved life in general.”
Mrs Barnes said the Cavendish Football-Netball Club had already decided to dedicate the bar at the Cavendish Recreation Reserve in honor of Mr East.
“We’re going to call in ‘Bar 21′,” Mrs Barnes said.
“That was Jason’s football number.”
Mrs Barnes said Mr Pascoe had signed to play football with Cavendish this coming season.
“He signed about a month ago and was really looking forward to coming to training.
“He hadn’t been able to get to training because of his cricket commitments.”
Mrs Barnes said Mr Pascoe was well respected and had a “very close circle of friends in Cavendish”.
“On behalf of the club I’d like to extend our sympathy to both families.”
Mr Pascoe’s father, Terry, died in tragic circumstances about nine years ago.
Mr Pascoe snr was playing football for Balmoral reserves on April 29, 1995, when he was involved in a freak accident with an opposition player.
Mr Pascoe snr received head injuries and died in the Alfred Hospital the following day.