Hunter Valley police have now launched a critical incident investigation, after a fatal crash near Cessnock this morning.
Officers were trying to locate a 60-year-old man earlier today.
They spotted him driving a Nissan Navara along Richmond Vale Road at about midday, before he sped off and reportedly crashed into a tree.
Police started CPR on the man but he sadly, died at the scene.
A crime scene has now been established and officers will investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.
A report will also be prepared for the coroner.
Anyone with more information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.