Originally written by Spectator-Observer Partnership
A 20-YEAR-OLD man died and two teenagers were injured after a single vehicle accident at Hamilton early on Christmas day.
Police said the Holden Commodore was travelling east along Ballarat Rd, near Hiller Ln, when the driver lost control.
The car rolled over before careering into a concrete slab and wire fence.
Sergeant David Stanley, from Hamilton police, said the driver died in the crash. He was the fifth person to die on the state’s roads in the holiday period.
Although police have not released the dead man’s name, it is believed he was Timothy Russell Sypott, of Buronga, NSW, formerly of Coleraine.
The two passengers, a 16-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl, both from Hamilton, were taken to Hamilton hospital in a satisfactory condition.
A hospital spokesman said both had been discharged by late Thursday morning.
The Hamilton SES unit was called to the scene, but was not needed for rescue duties. A unit spokesman said the unit assisted police with lighting and remained on the scene for about an hour.
This death brings the state’s road toll to 384, compared with 440 for the same time last year.
Nationally 20 people have been killed on the roads since the holiday period began on December 20.