The young motorist was from the nearby town of Menen. He was driving along the Stijn Streuvelstraat between Avelgem and Heestert when he tried to overtake a friend that was driving a van. However, a vehicle was travelling in the opposite direction and the 21-year-old was forced to swerve. He lost control of his vehicle and it crashed at speed into a tree at the side of the road.
Such was the impact of the crash that the car broke in two. The front of the car ended up in a ditch, while the back of the vehicle landed several metres away in a field. The young man died at the scene. His friend and the driver of the vehicle travelling in the opposite direction were both treated for shock.