Police are investigating whether a Melbourne grandfather who was fatally hit by a car after getting out of his vehicle on a busy freeway was trying to retrieve his hat which had blown away.
Werribee grandfather Armando 'Andrew' Dalmazio, 54, was driving with his three-year-old grandson on the Princes Freeway in Point Cook when he was got out of his white Alfa-Romeo convertible and was hit by a white Hilux about 4.30pm on Thursday.
"We have been able to ascertain that prior to the collision he was standing beside a white Alfa-Romeo convertible in the emergency lane ... we don't really know why he crossed the road at this stage but in doing so he's been struck by a Hilux and sustained fatal injuries," Sergeant Marty Wallace said on Friday.
"He had crossed two lanes into the third lane."
Police are examining the possibility that his hat had blown off, prompting him to cross the road to get it.
"That is one theory we are looking at, but we are not definitively saying that's the situation, but we are looking at that. We don't know why otherwise the vehicle would have stopped."
Mr Dalmazio's three-year-old grandson was out for a drive with his grandfather when the incident occurred. Another driver stopped and looked after the child following the crash. It's not known whether he witnessed it.
The driver of the white Hilux, a 31-year-old Carlton man, was not injured.
"It's a tragedy," Sergeant Wallace said.
"The person who has died yesterday has made a poor decision, hasn't really thought the risks through, and when you're on the roads, especially in those high-speed zones, you really need to be aware of what's going on around you."
Mr Dalmazio's family are struggling to come to terms with his death.
"They are doing it very difficult," Sergeant Wallace said. "It's a very out-of-the-blue occurrence and it's got to be horrific for them as well."
Investigators wish to speak to the driver of a black Mercedes who it is understood was also stopped in the emergency lane near the victim’s car, however, he left before police arrived.
The man's death came just 24 hours after the death of another man on the Western Ring Road in Sunshine West.
The road toll in Victoria is 240, compared with 180 this time last year.
Police are appealing for witnesses or drivers with dashcam footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.