A man who died when a tree fell on his car on the Warburton Highway yesterday has been identified as much-loved father-of-four Eden Herbert-Allen.
Herbert-Allen, 33, was killed instantly when the tree fell on his car in Lilydale, north-east of Melbourne at 11am.
The cabinet maker leaves behind his wife, and partner of 16 years, Michelle and their four young children.
His devastated family has begun crowd-funding and has so far raised more than $13,000.
It’s understood the tree was on private property, with parts of it leaning towards the road which is managed by VicRoads.
Investigators are now trying to establish whether the tree clipped the car on the way down, or whether the driver swerved to avoid it and lost control.
Herbert-Allen’s half-siter Lauren Croxford said processing the freak accident had been difficult.
“It is really difficult because there is no one to blame. It was mother nature,” Ms Croxford told 9NEWS.
The crash came as damaging wind gusts of up to 125km/h brought down trees and damaged buildings and cars across Victoria due to a strong cold front crossing south-east Australia.
The Victorian State Emergency Service has attended hundreds of call-outs to assist in incidents where the wild winds have caused chaos.
In Cranbourne, south-east of the Melbourne CBD, the front wall of a building on High Street collapsed away from the structure’s roof.
A tree was also brought down onto power lines in Healesville, north east of Melbourne, damaging a car, while trains were delayed and another tree was downed in Belgrave.
The State Emergency Service urged residents in areas affected by the cold front to secure loose items, avoid fallen trees and power lines and to prepare for possible outages.
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