Man charged after death at music festival

RELATED: Rochester devastated after festival death


UPDATE MONDAY 1PM: 

Shire of Campaspe councillor Leigh Wilson said the family who owned the farm where the music festival was held were well-known within the community, and that they do ‘‘a lot of work in the local district’’.

‘‘They are a well-respected family, and I can only imagine that they would be devastated by this,’’ Mr Wilson told Fairfax Media.

He said between 300 and 400 people attended the large gathering, but hesitated to call it a ‘‘festival’’, because it was not advertised publicly.

The family declined to comment when contacted by Fairfax Media.

- The Age 

UPDATE MONDAY 10.20AM:

A man has been arrested and charged with dangerous driving resulting in death after a 35-year-old woman died while camping at a music festival in Rochester on Sunday. 

Major Collision Investigation Unit Detective Sergeant David Newman said the man, 24, of Lake Bolac, was charged this morning with culpable driving, dangerous driving resulting in death, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render assistance, and driving under the influence. 

He has been bailed to appear at Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on January 31. 

Police believe there were 300 people at the music festival at a private property on Bonn Road. 

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 

UPDATE MONDAY 7.30AM: 

A MELBOURNE woman died in a tent while camping at a concert held on a farm in Victoria's north.

Paramedics were called to the property near Rochester, 180 kilometres north of Melbourne, about 9am on Sunday but the 35-year-old from Yarraville was dead by the time they arrived.

The Major Collision Investigation Unit (MCIU) was called to the scene to investigate whether the death was the result of a car driving over the tent, a police spokeswoman said.

MCIU Detective Inspector Bernie Rankin told a local paper a young man had been taken into custody.

He said a large number of people had attended the festival on the private property and most had camped for the night.

Det Insp Rankin said the woman had suffered a fair degree of trauma.

"There was a nurse attempting CPR on the deceased woman," Det Insp Rankin told the Riverine Herald.

"We have a young man in custody who is assisting us with our inquiries."

"He's a young man who is known in the area."

- AAP

EARLIER:

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman in Rochester.

A Victoria Police media spokeswoman said a woman in her 30s was found in a collapsed tent on a private property on Bonn Road, Rochester, on Sunday morning.

"A music festival was being held at the property over the weekend," she said.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said the woman was deceased in the tent when paramedics arrived.

"It was around about 9am when we got the call," he said. 

"We got called to a woman in the tent, deceased at the scene, a woman in her 30s. 

"Police are handling it now."

A Victoria Police media spokeswoman said CIU were investigating the incident.

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