Tributes flow for father of four killed in freak falling tree accident

Tributes are flowing for a father-of-four killed in a freak accident during wild winds across Melbourne.

Eden Herbert-Allan, 33, from Wandin North in Melbourne’s east, was cut from the wreckage of his car on Friday after a tree fell on top of his vehicle on the Warbuton Highway in Lilydale during gale-force winds that topped 100km/h.

While emergency services were quick to the scene, paramedics were unable to save his life.

Eden Herbert-Allan leaves behind his wife and four young children. Source: GoFundMe

Mr Herbet-Allan’s Holden Commodore came to a halt when it ploughed into another tree and investigators are now working to see if the father had skidded off the road trying to avoid the tree.

His car was towed away by highway patrol police for further testing to see if the brakes had been applied.

A friend of Mr Herbert-Allan, Paul Ryan, told the Sunday Herald Sun the father was a selfless individual with a sense of humour.

The 33-year-old’s car veered from the road and crashed into another tree. Source: 7News
The tree fell during winds that topped 100km/h. Source: 7News

“He was such a wonderful kind-hearted person who would do anything to help others out,” he said. 

“He was always the life of a gathering with his witty jokes.”

On Friday his devastated sister created a GoFundMe for her sister-in-law Michelle and the couple’s four children all aged under six.

“Losing my little brother has by far been the most difficult day of my life to date, but raising four children under six-years-old without their dad is unimaginable,” she wrote.

So far the page has raised over $11,000 of its $15,000 target.