THE man killed in this morning's crash left his taxi after a dispute about the fare, police have been told.
The Kangaroo Flat man had called a taxi from an address in Ravenswood but appears to have had an argument with the driver while in the car, the Major Collision Investigation Unit's Ben Oliver believed.
"He's exited the vehicle at this point on the highway, at which point he has been struck by a (separate) Holden Commodore travelling north on the Calder Highway," he said.
"The 40-year-old victim died at the scene."
The taxi driver has told investigators the dispute centred on the fare for the costs of the ride into Kangaoroo Flat.
The taxi appears to have stopped on the side of the highway near A-Line Holiday Park and let the man out, Detective Acting Sergeant Oliver said.
"The taxi's then moved off at that point," he said.
Police believe the man may have been in one of two lanes when he was struck.
"Both drivers stopped a short distance from the scene and are assisting us with our inquiries at this time," Detective Acting Sergeant Oliver said.
Police have not made any arrests.
"It's probably too early to speculate on whether there will be any charges laid," Detective Acting Sergeant Oliver said.
The cars appear to have been the only ones in the area when the crash happened, he said.
Officers are investigating whether the victim had been drinking earlier in the evening but are yet to establish whether that was a factor in the crash.
They have called for anyone who witnessed the crash or had any information to call crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police expect both inbound lanes of the Calder to reopen early this afternoon.
The crash was the second in Bendigo this week. A 26-year-old man died in Lockwood on Wednesday after his car left the road and hit a tree.
Detective Acting Sergeant Oliver said more cars were on the road as COVID-19 restrictions eased.
He urged people to be cautious when driving as more restrictions ease.
POLICE say the man who died this morning was a Kangaroo Flat man aged in his early forties.
Inbound Calder Highway traffic lanes remain closed as police investigate.
TWO lanes of the Calder Highway remain closed this morning following a fatal collision on the outskirts of Kangaroo Flat.
The two lanes inbound towards Bendigo are blocked as investigators comb the scene.
Traffic is being diverted down the Alder Alternative Highway in Ravenswood.
MAJOR collision investigation unit detectives are investigating after a fatal collision in Kangaroo Flat.
Emergency services were called to reports a man had been struck by a car on the Calder Freeway about 2.50am on May 30.
A man, who is yet to be formally identified, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The exact circumstances surrounding the crash are yet to be determined.
Anyone with information that could assist police with enquiries is urged to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppers.com.au
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