This marks the second road fatality in Victoria this year, following the death of a 31-year-old man in Bayswater North on New Year’s Day.
Both incidents have occurred in the aftermath of the deadliest period on Victorian roads in 15 years, with a total of 296 road deaths recorded in 2023.
Of the 2023 fatalities, 173 occurred on rural roads, witnessing a 28 per cent increase from the previous year.
In response to the concerning trend, Victoria Police initiated a targeted road trauma operation during the Christmas period, resulting in the detection of over 19,000 traffic offences from December 15 to January 1.
During the same period, 16 lives were lost on Victorian roads.
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