Fatal Flynn Collision
On the morning of June 17, another tragic accident on Wellington Shire roads claimed the life of a father from Rosedale.
The 55-year-old man from Rosedale had stopped his car on the West bound side of the Princes Highway near Wrights Lane to assist his son with a punctured tyre shortly after 8 am.
An approaching car struck the father standing on the Princes Highway roadside between Rosedale and Traralgon at approximately 8:20 am.
Sadly, he died at the scene.
"Whilst they've been attending to the puncture, the father has been hit by another car passing beside, and unfortunately, he's died," Senior Sergeant Luke Banwell told ABC News.
The driver of the car, a 23-year-old Rosedale man, stopped immediately.
Following his assistance, police released the man pending further investigations.
Later that night, the 23-year-old man was hospitalised, suffering from shock.
"This will have ripple effects through the community; it's the most tragic thing that can happen to a community, particularly when all the people are from that community," Sn Sgt Banwell added.
The incident in Flynn on Friday morning, June 17, was one of five fatalities on Victorian roads in 48 hours and the second on Wellington Shire roads in four weeks, following the death of 17-year-old Cal Wood on Saturday, May 21.
There now have been 114 lives lost on Victorian roads in 2022, 19 more than this time last year.
Following a horror 48 hours, and with 18 lives lost in just two weeks at the same time last year, the very concerned Victoria Police issued a critical road safety alert.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Glenn Weir said, "We are entering a high-risk period on Victorian roads."
"Now is not the time to be complacent when getting behind the wheel."
Winter weather reduces visibility and creates hazardous driving conditions such as wet roads, heavy rain, hail, sleet, snow, black ice and fog.
"Slowing down, remaining alert and being extra cautious when roads are wet or visibility is affected are simple but life-saving measures all motorists can take to protect themselves and other road users," said Assistant Commissioner Weir.
"Police will remain highly visible and on the lookout for any risky driver behaviour. We are determined to do everything we can to ensure this period does not become synonymous with road trauma."
Investigations by detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit continue as the exact circumstances surrounding the fatal collision on Friday, June 17 are yet to be determined.
Local police and detectives from MCIU are urging anyone who witnessed the incident, has dash cam footage, or has any information that may be of assistance to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.