Appeal for witnesses


SOMERVILLE Highway Patrol officers are appealing for witnesses after two incidents – one fatal – in Somerville and surrounding suburbs last week.

In the first incident a motorcyclist in his 50s died when he collided with a utility in Somerville, 4.30pm, Monday 25 February.

Police said the white Holden ute was being driven erratically, first in Bungower Road about 4pm, and then travelling north on Tyabb-Tooradin Road, when it collided with the southbound motorbike at 4.25pm. 

A black Holden Commodore then crashed into the utility. The driver of the utility and the female passenger in the Commodore were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Police are also seeking witnesses to another incident in which a motorbike was seen being driven erratically in Frankston North overnight, Thursday 28 February.

Police said they saw it speeding along Frankston-Dandenong Road with a pillion passenger aboard at 3.30am and attempted to intercept it on Cranbourne Road. The bike kept going through Moorooduc, Hastings and Mt Martha on Peninsula Link, Moorooduc Highway and the Nepean Highway, where it was seen crossing onto the wrong side of the road.

The pillion passenger may have been dropped off near South Beach Road. 

The rider later abandoned the bike on Crib Point Road before fleeing on foot. Police and the dog squad arrested a 33-year-old Crib Point man soon after in Creswell Street. He was taken to hospital for observation and was under police guard, Friday. The passenger is yet to be found.

Anyone who saw either incident or who has dash-cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 5 March 2019


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