Tragic end to young life of 21-year-old Sandy Creek man

MISSED: Jason Shields

MISSED: Jason Shields

The circumstances behind the crash which killed a young Sandy Creek man on Tuesday are still a mystery to police.

Jason Shields has been remembered as a kind-hearted person with a close family who had a love of cars.

His life ended at just 21 when he lost control of his Suzuki Swift while travelling south along a straight section of Lockharts Gap Road in Tallandoon about 4.15pm.

The car left the road and crashed into a tree.

Police, ambulance paramedics, CFA firefighters and SES volunteers all attended the crash site.

Emergency services initially called for an air ambulance to be flown to Tallandoon, but Mr Shields died at the scene.

He was the sole occupant of the car and police do not believe any other vehicle were involved in the crash.

Tallangatta Senior Constable Mikel Mason attended the crash scene, but said it was not clear what had taken place.

He was hopeful other cars on the road might have seen Mr Shields’ vehicle in the afternoon and could shed light on events leading up to the crash.

“We’re appealing for any cars that might have overtaken a (slow-moving) fawn-coloured Troop Carrier towing a trailer,” Senior Constable Mason said.

“There's no allegation of speed or anything like that.”

He said the young man’s death had a serious impact on the small community of Sandy Creek and surrounds.

Wodonga Highway Patrol was back on the scene at Tallandoon on Thursday to inspect the road, but Acting Sergeant Owen Clark said it was too early to come to any conclusions.

The fatal crash came on the fifth day of Victoria Police’s 12-day Operation Nexus, a traffic blitz aimed at reducing road trauma across the Easter and Anzac Day public holidays.

“It will reinvigorate us in the coming days to get back out there and stop it happening again,” Acting Sergeant Clark said.

“At any time we don't like it when there's a fatality.

“It's a tragic and senseless waste of life.”

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

The fatality was the fourth in just six days on the Border, following the deaths of a 19-year-old Wangaratta man and 38-year-old Brocklesby man on Thursday, and a 69-year-old Mount Beauty man who died on Friday after a crash the night before.

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