Albury man, 22, dies in smash

AN Albury man was killed in a car crash in East Albury yesterday morning.

Shocked friends gathered at the scene hours later trying to come to grips with the death of the 22-year-old.

The man’s name had not been released last night.

Albury police Inspector Matt Tishler said the man was driving south on Mungabareena Road about 5.30am in a white Mitsubishi Magna when the car left the road and crashed into one of the large poplar trees on the side of the road.

Insp Tishler said the sedan was the only car involved in the crash and the driver the only person in the car.

Friends yesterday afternoon said the man was driving his younger brother’s car.

The force of the collision on the 50km/h stretch of road left the car in an almost unrecognisable mess of crunched metal.

Police picked up debris that was littered across the road.

The road was closed into the afternoon yesterday with crime scene police officers on the scene analysing the clues left behind.

About 2pm yesterday, three young men gathered on the side of the road at the scene of the crash to try to understand how their friend had died.

One man, who did not want to be named, described his friend as a “fun-loving guy” who had grown up in Albury and was well-known.

The sweeping left-hand bend about 500 metres from the Doctors Point Road intersection is understood to be the same place where John Malone, 19, was killed in a crash in August 2007.

Police were pursuing the car at the time of that crash, suspecting it was stolen.

The scene of the accident. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

The scene of the accident. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK