Tragic accident

Rolling car kills vis­it­ing Vic­to­rian man at Ba­rooga

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

A 20 year-old vis­i­tor to the lo­cal area has died af­ter a car rolled over the top of him while he was sleep­ing at a Ba­rooga camp ground on Satur­day evening.

Mur­ray River Po­lice Dis­trict’s South­ern Rive­rina of­fi­cer in charge In­spec­tor Paul Huggett said the man had been cel­e­brat­ing with friends and fam­ily in the Wat­tle­tree Beach area at Ba­rooga.

Af­ter he went to bed about 9.30pm Satur­day, an­other per­son in the group got in to a nearby car.

‘‘It rolled and even though ev­ery at­tempt was made to miss the man, it rolled over the top of him. The wheel had locked,’’ Insp Huggett said.

‘‘Ser­vices were con­tacted but the man was de­ceased at the scene.’’

The in­ci­dent is be­ing de­scribed as an un­for­tu­nate ‘freak accident’, with Insp Huggett say­ing what hap­pened is ‘‘not an ev­ery day oc­cur­rence’’.

He said while cam­pers should make ev­ery ef­fort to en­sure their camp grounds are safe, no-one could have pre­pared for an in­ci­dent such as this.

‘‘We do ask peo­ple to make sure keys are out of the ig­ni­tion, the hand brake is on and, if they can, to chock up the wheels.

‘‘But then you don’t chock up your wheels at the su­per­mar­ket carpark ei­ther.

‘‘Things like this do not hap­pen ev­ery day.’’

Of­fi­cers from Mur­ray River Po­lice Dis­trict are in­ves­ti­gat­ing all the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the in­ci­dent and are ap­peal­ing for any wit­nesses to come for­ward. A re­port will be pre­pared for the coro­ner. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about this in­ci­dent is urged to con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000. In­for­ma­tion is treated in strict con­fi­dence.

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