“I lie awake waiting for the crash to happen”: Eaglehawk Road crash not surprising for residents

Residents say they are not surprised a car lost control after speeding along Eaglehawk Road on Thursday, with hooning in the area a common occurrence.

Emergency services were called to the crash in California Gully about midnight after a blue VT Commodore hit a tree and rolled.

Police on Friday morning said the two men who were in the car then fled in opposite directions.

“They were travelling at a fast speed towards the Bendigo CBD and lost control near McDonald’s,” Sergeant Steve Cunningham said.

“They were very lucky not to be dead, let alone injured. If it wasn’t for the decent size gum tree (they hit), the car would have gone into a house.”

California Gully resident Tayla Rogasch was in bed when she heard the crash.

“Every single night without fail you hear people speeding up Eaglehawk Road and Speedy Street,” she said.

“I lie awake waiting for the crash to happen.”

Within an hour of emergency services clearing the crash, drivers were again doing burnouts in her street.

Mrs Rogasch and her family have lived in Esler Street for two months and she said it appeared the problem was getting worse.

The noise keeps her two young children awake and she lives in fear a car will come through the house one night. 

“It’s driving me crazy.”

Amanda Vanrenen, who lives in Coulson Street, said hooning was a common occurrence on the weekends, but not normally during the week.

“Nearly every weekend you hear cars roaring on the roads,” she said.

“It is a bad problem but unless you know exactly where they are you can't really ring police.”

Senior Sergeant Ian Brooks said police were aware of speeding in the area, but many roads in Bendigo faced similar problems.

“If people are concerned about the way people are driving, call police and someone will come as soon as possible,” he said.

He encouraged people to call triple-0 if the driving was dangerous enough to concern them, otherwise to contact the station.

Anyone with information about Thursday night’s crash should call Bendigo police on 5448 1300 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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