Pedestrian's death prompts safety plea

POLICE have pleaded for road users to take care after a pedestrian was killed east of Colac early yesterday. 

Emergency services were called to the crash at 12.30am  on the Princes Highway at Irrewarra after reports a man had been hit by a west-bound vehicle.

The 30-year-old  from Bell Post Hill died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, a 24-year-old woman from Colac, suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash and was taken to the Colac hospital in a stable condition. 

Police said   investigations were continuing and a report would be prepared for the coroner.

The death was one of five during the weekend which Road Policing Acting Superintendent Dave Griffin said was an “absolute tragedy”. “Your heart breaks for these families who are now facing a future without their loved ones,” he said.

“For police and other emergency services it’s shocking and concerning to have five deaths in such a short space of time.

“Again we want to remind those using our roads over the long weekend to take extra care because we know this is a peak time for road trauma.

“There is no risk — no extra drink, extra speed, pushing to get home while you’re tired, taking a phone call — that is worth a life.”

Police are saturating the roads this long weekend as part of Operation Amity and are reminding motorists to make safety top of their holiday check list.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash at Irrewarra is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

cquirk@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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