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Weekend horror on the roads

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November 08, 2017

Tragic end: A Euroa man died after the ute he was in rolled. Victoria Police Major Collision Unit are investigating the cause of the incident.

Nineteen-year-old Ryley Bjorksten’s death in a ute rollover at Balmattum near Euroa on Sunday morning sparked a horror weekend on Victoria’s roads.

Four people were killed on country roads on Sunday, while a Maffra woman, 70, died in hospital on Monday after one of the crashes at Newry.

A sixth person also died on Monday in a single-vehicle crash at Reedy Creek about 1.30pm.

Two men who were also in the car were flown to Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition and a woman in her 30s was flown to The Alfred hospital in a stable condition.

There were multiple passengers in the tray of the ute at Balmattum and police are waiting to interview another man, 19, injured in the crash.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said it was known the young men were at the local hotel for some hours before the crash.

‘‘The crash happened at about two o’clock in the morning. We’re certainly looking at whether drugs or alcohol was involved,’’ Asst Comm Fryer said.

On Monday, Asst Comm Fryer made a public plea for people to drive safely following a horror 24 hours on the state’s roads.

‘‘What I want is every Victorian to make a contract with themselves, make a contract to be here for Christmas,’’ Asst Comm Fryer said.

‘‘Statistics will say we’ll lose another 40 between now and New Year. That doesn’t have to be the case.’’

Police are also hunting for the driver who left a 13-year-old cyclist for dead in Melbourne on Sunday.

‘‘What sort of person hits a young girl and then doesn’t render assistance?’’ Asst Comm Fryer said, adding the driver faced serious charges when found.

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