Man dies in Bacchus Marsh collision in horror 24 hours

A Kurunjang man has been taken to hospital in a serious condition following a horror 24 hours on Victorian roads.

The 25-year-old was driving a white Holden ute east along the Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour in the early hours of Saturday when he lost control of the car and hit a tree.

His passenger, a 22-year-old New Gisborne man, died at the scene.

Detectives wish to speak to a man who attended Bacchus Marsh police station to alert members to the crash.

He left before police could obtain his details.

The New Gisborne man is among five people killed on the roads over the past 24 hours.

The carnage started about 8am on Friday when a 39-year-old South Australian man died after his car struck a tree on the Casterton-Aspley road.

Thirty-minutes later, a 27-year-old Beaufort man died when his ute and a truck collided in Beaufort.

At 4.30pm, a 66-year-old cyclist was killed when he was struck by a car in Devenish.

About 4am on Saturday, a man aged in his 20s lost control of his car and crashed into a tree at Newhaven.

The five deaths take this year’s road toll to 55, compared with 78 at this time last year.  

Assistant Commisioner Doug Fryer said while there had been a decrease in the number of people killed on the roads, it was about saving lives.

“Every four hours yesterday our emergency services had to attend another road death; police had to knock on another door and tell someone that a person they loved was never coming home,” he said.

“This weekend I’m pleading with everyone to re-think their driving behaviour and make those adjustments which ensure they get home safely.”