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Charges laid over woman’s death on Sunday

A Westmere man will appear in Bendigo Magistrates Court on Friday following the death of a woman near Rochester on Sunday.

January 28, 2014 4:59am

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives have charged a man following the death of a woman in Rochester on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Westmere man has been charged with culpable driving, dangerous driving causing death, driving while under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop and render assistance.

He has been bailed to appear at Bendigo Magistrates Court on Friday.

The 35-year-old Yarraville woman was found dead in a collapsed tent on a private property on Bonn Rd about 9am.

A Victoria Police media spokesperson said she was found in a collapsed tent.

A large contingent of emergency services converged on a private property on Bonn Rd yesterday to investigate.

Party-goers and friends were also at the scene and could be seen hugging one another.

The Major Collision Investigation Unit arrived on scene at 2.55pm yesterday and is leading the investigation.

‘‘Last night, there was a concert here on private property,’’ Detective Inspector Bernie Rankin of the MCIU said on Sunday.

‘‘A large number of people attended and most of them camped for the night.

‘‘This morning a 35-year-old woman was found deceased in a tent at the scene.

‘‘She had obviously suffered a fair degree of trauma.

‘‘The ambulance was called shortly after 9am.

‘‘It arrived here (and) there was a nurse attempting CPR on the deceased woman.’’

A party-goer, who did not wish to be named, said about 200 revellers were at the event.

It is understood the music festival was free to attend and celebrations were continuing until 4am Australia Day.

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