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Tributes flow for philanthropist killed in Bourke Street tragedy



Tributes are flowing for a beloved father, grandfather and philanthropist who died in a car crash on Melbourne's Bourke Street on Friday night.

John Haasz from Brunswick East was behind the wheel of his Hyundai when a car crashed through the intersection of Russell and Bourke streets into pedestrians and two other vehicles.

The 76-year-old died at the scene, while five other people were rushed to hospital.

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Haasz has since been remembered for his work in the academic field along with his prominent role within the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Science.

The university remembered the academic as a "generous and fiercely intelligent man" who valued knowledge and people.

The celebrated philanthropist was a contributor to the university since 2007, and was a passionate advocate for women in science, most recently contributing to the Women In Science Emerging Researcher program.

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Dean of Science Professor Moira O'Byran reflected on the broad impact Haasz had within the community.

"John's passion for Physics and STEM more broadly was a gift to the community and we are deeply saddened by his loss," she said.

"The impact his initiatives have had on academic careers over decades cannot be understated and we send our care to his family.

"He will be missed by his friends and colleagues here at the University."

A 26-year-old Melton West man was charged on Saturday night with one count of murder, three counts of attempted murder, three counts of intentionally causing serious injury and two counts of conduct endangering life over the crash.

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