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Fatal crash which led to death of blind man under investigation

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A smash which led to the death of a blind Victorian man and his guide dog at Wedderburn, north-west of Bendigo, last year remains under police investigation.

A fatal crash which led to the death of a blind Victorian man and his guide dog at Wedderburn, north-west of Bendigo, last year remains under police investigation.

Raymond Meadows, 63, died at the scene when he was hit by a car along the Calder Highway, whilst walking a usual route with his dog Jerry on June 2 about 6.40am.

Investigators believe the car was travelling in the same direction.

The driver of a Toyota Corolla, a man in his 20s, stopped to assist before being taken to hospital in shock.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives have appealed for witnesses to come forward to help solve the case.

Detective Acting Sergeant Brendan Eames-Mayer said Mr Meadows had received his guide dog just a few months before the tragic accident.

"The vehicle ... has for an unknown reason to us, struck Ray and his dog they have received significant injuries," Det. Sgt. Eames-Mayer said.

"Ray was treated at the scene for a number of hours, however was unable to survive the severity of his injuries and died at the scene."

It is understood it was dark at the time of the crash and there were no street lights, so the man was not seen by the driver.

Mr Meadows was known as a fit man, who enjoyed walking to the gym at Wedderburn in the state's north-west every day.

Det. Sgt. Eames-Mayer said the man had done the same walk every day for the past 15 years.

"Ray was very able and a very capable man," he said.

"Every day when he made this walk, he wore a high-visibility vest with flashing lights."

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Detectives received further information via Crime Stoppers about the collision from an anonymous caller.

"There is someone out there in the community who knows details about this collision," Det. Sgt. Eames-Mayer said.

"It provides us with a different version which the driver has given.

"We are trying to identify this person so we can speak to them."

Anyone who witnessed the collision or with further information or dash cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/blind-wedderburn-mans-death-under-police-investigation-after-fatal-smash/1bba6631-dc74-4b4b-bd1a-ea590521f79b

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