A critical incident investigation has been launched following a single-vehicle crash in Cessnock.
During Thursday 29 November 2018, officers from Hunter Valley Police District were making inquiries to locate a 60-year-old man.
About midday, it’s believed the man driving a Nissan Navara, saw police on Richmond Vale Road, Cessnock, and drove off at speed, before hitting a tree.
Officers commenced CPR on the driver – and sole-occupant of the vehicle – until the arrival of NSW Ambulance paramedics, but he died at the scene.
A crime scene was established and will be forensically examined by Crash Investigation Unit officers.
Newcastle City Police District officers will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
That investigation will be subject to an independent review and will be monitored by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission.
Anyone that has information that may assist is urged to come forward.
A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.