POLICE are still at the scene of a crash which claimed the life of a man in Myamyn, near Heywood, late last night.
Investigators believe an apprentice electrician was travelling south on the Henty Highway when he lost control of the car, veered off the road and struck a tree around 11pm.
An off-duty nurse and emergency services worked to save the man but he died at the scene.
Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.The accident continues a horror run on Victorian roads during October with almost 20 families now spending Christmas without a loved one.
Road Policing Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill is urging Victorians to remember that "we are the toll."
"We're only two months away from Christmas and it is devastating that these families won't get to spend that time with their loved one," Mr Hill said.
"Unfortunately it is also a timely reminder for all other road users not to put themselves in that position.
"I'm urging everyone to keep talking about road safety - have the discussion with your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours about the importance of obeying the road rules. Road safety is everyone's responsibility."
Mr Hill said the majority of deaths had been on country roads, most collisions involving a single vehicle.
The ages of those killed ranged from a newborn baby girl through to an 88-year-old man.
Mr Hill said that while October's figures were in line with the five year average, it was no reason for road users to be complacent.
"Driving is a privilege, not a right and it's important to treat that privilege with the respect it deserves," he said.
"This also applies to motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians - anyone who uses Victorian roads shares that responsibility. Be courteous, be patient and above all, be careful," he said.
The spate of recent fatalities has seen the 2012 toll jump to 223 compared to 218 for the same time the previous year.