Daylesford car crash: How the Royal Hotel beer garden tragedy unfolded - as the ... trends now
A driver who ploughed into families at a busy beer garden, killing five people, slumped behind the wheel as his 'eyes glazed over' and appeared to be going through a medical episode when the accident occurred.
Police said the driver, age 66 and from Mt Macedon, does not have a criminal record aside from some speeding tickets.
The tragedy claimed the lives of two men in their 30s, a woman in her 40s, a teenage girl, and a six-year-old boy and took place out the front of the historic Royal Hotel at Daylesford, northwest of Melbourne, at 6.05pm on Sunday.
Witnesses say the white BMW X5 was coming down a hill on Albert Street when the driver suddenly accelerated 'like a rocket', mounted the curb and slammed into picnic tables out the front of the pub.
The hotel was heaving with guests due to the unofficial long weekend before Tuesday's Melbourne Cup public holiday, with families gathering near an ice cream shop set up on the lawn.
The BMW then veered towards the road, barrelled into a lamp post, and finally came to a stop at a roundabout a few metres away from the hotel, on Howe Street.
Two men, aged 43 and 38, a 35-year-old woman, and an 11-month old boy were injured in the crash and are believed to be in stable conditions.
Pictured: Agraphic showing how the Daylesford car crash on Sunday unfolded
The white BMW X5 (pictured) ploughed into patrons seated in the courtyard of the historic Royal Hotel at Daylesford
Witnesses said the badly-damaged BMW remained on the scene as emergency services arrived
The driver did not drugs or alcohol in his system at the