News of a mother and her young son losing their lives in a fatal crash can only break your heart.
The Kilmister family would have driven that route along the Murray Valley Highway fairly often while living in Bundalong.
Tragically this time, their car collided head-on with a truck.
Most of us can only imagine the pain their loved ones must be going though at the moment, and our deepest sympathies are with them.
Shock and sadness in this case has been quickly follow by anger.
Superintendent John Fitzpatrick said the driver of the truck was on the wrong side of the road at the time of the crash.
It’s a damning statement so early on in an investigation and can make it easy to lay the blame.
But as hard as it may be, we now have to be patient.
Police investigating drugs or violence offences often lay charges immediately, then spend the following months building their case before presenting the evidence in court.
The Major Collision Investigation Unit do things the other way around.
They are meticulous with gathering evidence at the crash scene, inspecting the mechanics of a vehicle and looking into the driver.
The driver in Friday’s crash was interviewed and released without charge, which is normal in these cases.
If charges are to be laid, it will likely be months down the track.
The full story of what happened will eventually be laid out in court.
In the meantime, our thoughts are with the rest of the Kilmister family in hospital who we can only hope will recover.
Fatal crashes are always devastating for small communities like Bundalong and Rutherglen.
Superintendent Fitzpatrick said it was difficult for emergency service workers to see the gravity of the crash scene.
As always, we thank those police, fire, ambulance and SES workers and volunteers who do an extremely tough job attending these fatal crash scenes.
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