MELBOURNE’S Hawthorn Football Club is today mourning the loss of their assistant coach’s teenage son who was this morning killed in a single-vehicle car crash north-east of the city.
Cooper Ratten, 16, son of Hawks’ assistant coach Brett Ratten, was sitting in the back seat of a car that crashed and rolled on Glenview Road just after 3am on Sunday.
He was critically injured and died on the way to hospital.
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A 17-year-old boy who was sitting in the front passenger seat suffered only minor injuries, while the 17-year-old driver was taken to Maroondah hospital and is now reportedly in police custody.
Hawthorn released a statement on behalf of the Ratten family today, confirming the devastating news.
“Hawthorn Football Club is deeply saddened to advise Brett Ratten’s son Cooper was involved in a car accident overnight that has claimed the 16-year-old’s life,” the statement said.
“The club asks that media respect Brett’s and the family’s privacy at this tragic time.”