Policeman killed while participating in ride for fallen officers

A police officer participating in a ride commemorating police who have died in the line of duty has been killed after a car smashed into his motorbike.

Victoria Police say the car was travelling along the Princes Highway near Orbost on Friday afternoon when it veered onto the opposite side of the road about 2.20pm and struck the policeman’s bike.

He died at the scene.

The officer was among 300 riders in the Wall to Wall Ride who set out from the Victoria Police Memorial in St Kilda Road, Melbourne, headed for Merimbula and then on to Canberra on Saturday.

The Wall To Wall Ride commemorates police who have died in the line of duty. Source: 7 News

The male driver of the car stopped at the scene and is assisting police with their enquiries, Victoria Police said.

The Princes Highway is currently closed from Marlo Road, Orbost to Cabbage Tree Creek, and traffic is being diverted along Marlo-Cabbage Tree Road.

Detectives are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information or who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au