Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal crash at Invermay Park just outside of Ballarat overnight.
Local police patrolling the area came across the vehicle after noticing it had struck a tree on the Western Freeway just after 12.30am.
It is not known how long the vehicle may have been there.
The male driver, and only occupant of the car, sadly died at the scene.
The exact cause of the collision is yet to be determined.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or who may have dash cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
For the current lives lost tally please refer to www.police.vic.gov.au/news.