Suspicious death of 23-year-old man found injured on side of the road

Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 23-year-old man who was found severely injured on the side of a road at Lake Macquarie, NSW early this morning.

A taxi driver found the young man with “extensive injuries” about 1am on Monday on Oakdale Road, Whitebridge, and called emergency services, police said.

The man, who police have only identified as a 23-year-old local, was reportedly conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived at the scene.

Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 23-year-old man found severely injured on the side of a road at Lake Macquarie, NSW. Source: 7 News

He received initial treatment before being airlifted to hospital, but died during the flight.

Lake Macquarie Police District commander Superintendent Danny Sullivan told reporters investigators did not believe the incident was a hit and run.

“We are certainly not treating this as a casual event, and the inclusion of the Lake Macquarie Command Homicide Squad and Newcastle city reflects the gravity of this,” he said.

A crime scene has been established at Whitebridge, Lake Macquarie, NSW. Source: 7 News

Police have established a crime scene and will conduct a line search at the location where the man was found, and an investigation is ongoing.

A special strike force team is working with the homicide squad to investigate the man’s death.

Investigators have urged anyone who was travelling near where the man was found, or who may have dashcam footage, to contact police.

“The real key message here is that anybody with any information, no matter how small, to contact crime stoppers,” Supt Sullivan said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.