Driver booked for writing shopping list

A woman has been caught writing her shopping list whilst driving just one day after three people were killed in separate car crashes in Victoria.

Police booked the woman after she was seen travelling east on Koroit Creek Road at about 8.30am. Police said the 46-year-old woman was driving with her head down and was not watching the road on several occasions. She was fined $388 and lost three demerit points for careless driving.

Meanwhile, police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal car crash in Melbourne's south-east on Sunday that claimed the life of a man.

Police report the man was travelling north on Warrigal Road, Moorabbin, when it veered off course and crashed into a small tree and power pole before flipping onto its side about 7.45am.

The driver, a 24-year-old Burwood and sole occupant, died at the scene.

He was the first person to die on Victorian roads it what has been described as a "horror' start to the official holiday roadtoll period.

Two other people died in separate crashes on Sunday; a woman died following a head-on collision between a car and a truck near the north-western Victorian town of Kerang at 4.15pm. The truck burst into flames, causing a grass fire nearby on on the Murray Valley Highway. Just hours later an elderly woman was killed in, Bentleigh East, south-east of Melbourne, which occurred when the car she was in struck a light pole on East Boundary Road about 3.15pm. The driver of the car was taken to The Alfred hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen described the accidents as a horror start to the holiday season.

“We're leading up to Christmas – we're not even on to Christmas eve yet and probably within the space of three hours we've had these accidents,” he said.

The deaths take the state's road toll to 274, compared to 281 at this time last year.

The national holiday roadtoll currently stands at six, including a 79-year-old woman who died in Sydney and a man who died north of Hobart on Sunday.

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