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Avenue fatality

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By Jessica Howard

A Bacchus Marsh man has fronted court following a fatal crash in the Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour.

Paul Smith appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court for a brief filing hearing on Thursday March 30. He was supported by five family members.

The 25-year-old has been charged with a number of offences including culpable driving, speed dangerously and drink driving.

Police allege that the accused was driving a Holden ute along Bacchus Marsh Road at about 2am on March 25, when he lost control of the vehicle, which left the road and hit a tree.

A passenger in the car, 22-year-old Hayden Kloppers from New Gisborne, died at the scene.

Smith was bailed to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in August.