Mystery surrounds fatal car crash into a tree

The man’s death at Monbulk marks Victoria’s 272nd fatality for 2023. Picture: NCA NewsWire /Brendan Beckett

Mystery surrounds a fatal car crash in Victoria from Saturday night.

A man died while driving on Monbulk Road in Monbulk, east of Melbourne, about 6.30pm.

Investigators believe the man veered off the road, travelled down an embankment and then crashed into a tree.

The man, who has not been formally identified, died at the scene.

“The exact circumstances surrounding the crash are yet to be determined and police will prepare a report for the Coroner,” a police spokesman said.

Monbulk is east of Melbourne. Picture: Google Maps
Monbulk is east of Melbourne. Picture: Google Maps

The police are calling on anyone who witnessed the incident or was in the vicinity of the crash with dashcam footage to contact Crime Stoppers.

The man’s passing marks the 272nd fatality on Victorian roads in 2023.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner for road policing Glenn Weir said the amount of lives lost this year was “unacceptable”.

“It’s just completely unacceptable. We’ve got to do better. The road safety partners and government are all trying really hard but we need to take people on the journey with us,” he said.