Our condolences go to the family, friends and colleagues of a Victoria Police Sergeant that was killed in a collision today, Easter Friday.
It is poinant reminder that even well trained road users are exposed to road trauma. No one is immune. The Major Collision Investigation Group detectives are investigating the collision on the Princes Highway in Pakenham this morning. The officer was off-duty when he lost his life.
Police said “the male sergeant, from Southern Metro Region, was riding a bicycle east on the Princes Highway, near Dore Road, when he was struck by a Toyota Hilux utility, also travelling east about 8.50am.
“Attempts to resuscitate the officer were unsuccessful and he sadly died at the scene.
The Princes Highway remains closed at Dore Road and traffic is being diverted via Racecourse Rd and the cause of the collision has not not yet been determined.
The driver of the utility immediately stopped at the scene and is assisting police with enquiries.
Police are urging anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
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Victoria’s authorities make a concerted effort over the Easter long weekend to ensure road safety is front of mind. This includes:
- TAC messaging and events promoting driver fatigue, speed and other factors
- SES Driver Reviver highway refreshments & coffee to encourage drivers to stop for a break
- Increased numbers of Victoria Police targeting road safety infringements over the weekend
Lives lost in the State of Victoria in 2017 are 72. In 2016 it was 85 at this time.