from the Warrnambool Standard.. FATAL RIDE By DAVID TOWLER April 28, 2005 A MOTORCYCLE rider died last night after running off the Hamilton Highway near Derrinallum. A 29-year-old Lismore man was thrown from his motorbike into scrub after losing control about two kilometres west of Derrinallum. He is believed to have died instantly. Sergeant Shane Howard of Colac police said the accident happened about 7.45pm. He said the married man had been riding from Lismore to Darlington and had just passed through Derrinallum when the accident happened. ``He was heading west. It was only about a kilometre outside Derrinallum," Sergeant Howard said. ``It was a straight stretch of road and he's just gone off the left-hand side. It's a bit of a mystery at this stage.'' Sergeant Howard said the man and his motorcycle, believed to be a large capacity Japanese type, ended about 50 metres from the roadway. He described the weather as ``perfect'' and said traffic was light. Another motorist had witnessed the accident and raised the alarm almost immediately, he said. Ambulance crews attended the scene but were unable to revive the man. Colac, Lismore and Camperdown police units also attended. Rural Ambulance Victoria spokesman Paul Bird said the death was the latest in several fatalities near Derrinallum in recent months. "This is probably the third of the single-vehicle ones (fatalities) in the past six months," he said. The man's death lifted the Victorian road toll to 127, compared with 110 at the same time last year.