Cops say speed a fac­tor in fa­tal crash

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - PA­TRICK GEE

PO­LICE say ex­ces­sive speed was likely a fac­tor in a car crash that killed a 24-year-old man near Scotts­dale on Tues­day night.

A Brid­port man was pro­nounced dead at the scene about 15km west of Scotts­dale af­ter emer­gency ser­vices were called by a pass­ing mo­torist about 8.50pm.

Crash in­ves­ti­ga­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Michael Ry­bka said the driver and sole oc­cu­pant of the white Hyundai Sonata lost con­trol as the ve­hi­cle en­tered a sweep­ing right-hand turn.

“The ve­hi­cle has sub­se­quently left the road­way and trav­elled into the bush­land at the side of the high­way,” Snr Const Ry­bka said. “The ve­hi­cle has then struck a large tree, driver’s side first, shear­ing the tree off at its base.

“The ve­hi­cle was found by a pass­ing-by mo­torist, who im­me­di­ately called for emer­gency as­sis­tance, and on ar­rival of the am­bu­lance, un­for­tu­nately the male driver was an­nounced de­ceased.”

Snr Const Ry­bka said po­lice be­lieve the car was trav­el­ling in ex­cess of the 100km/h speed limit. The man’s fam­ily have been no­ti­fied and his name has not been re­leased.

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