Motorist charged for fatal collision which killed cyclist near Devenish

POPULAR CYCLIST: Jim Freeman has been rememebered fondly.
POPULAR CYCLIST: Jim Freeman has been rememebered fondly.

Police have charged a 33-year-old Delacombe man who allegedly caused the death of cyclist in a Devenish crash in March.

The collision occurred on a straight stretch of Benalla-Yarrawonga Road at about 4.30pm on March 23.

Jim Freeman, a Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club member, was at the end of a extensive cycling tour across the North East when he was alleged struck by the car.

He died at the scene.

Police say the the driver of the car stopped to assist the injured Mr Freeman and speak with officers.

He has been charged with dangerous driving causing death and bailed to appear at Wangaratta Magistrates Court on February 15.

The crash occurred in the same week the Victorian government refused to introduce a law to create a a metre minimum passing distance for cars overtaking cyclists.

Mr Freeman was remembered as an active and popular club member, attending many rides and always helping others to discover the joys of bicycle touring.