A 31-YEAR-OLD man was killed when his car crashed into a tree in Wareham.

The horror crash happened on Thursday evening in West Holme and brings the total number of people killed on Dorset’s roads this year to a tragic 25.

Others to have lost their lives include friends Craig Jewell and Joshua Tate who died when the car they were travelling in crashed into a tree and burst into flames on Ringwood Road, close to the Bear Cross roundabout, in the early hours November 3.

The latest fatal collision happened at around 7.25pm on the on the B3070 near to the junction with Holme Lane when the man’s silver Audi A6 collided with a tree.

The driver, a 31-year-old man from Bournemouth, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed, although formal identification has yet to take place.

The road was closed for several hours after the incident while police carried out their investigations. Electricity cables were also damaged, affecting nearby properties and repairs were carried out to restore the power.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the fatal collision.

PC Mark Palmer, from the Dorset Police Traffic Unit, said: “I am appealing for witnesses and ask that they contact police as soon as possible.

“In particular I am keen to speak to anyone who may have information on the manner of driving of the Audi prior to the collision.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 27:388. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.