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Woman killed on horror stretch

Det Snr Const Gary Kennedy, of the Lismore Crime Scene Unit, takes photographs at the scene of Saturday night’s fatal crash on Broken Head Road, which claimed the life of a 19-year-old Ballina woman.
Det Snr Const Gary Kennedy, of the Lismore Crime Scene Unit, takes photographs at the scene of Saturday night’s fatal crash on Broken Head Road, which claimed the life of a 19-year-old Ballina woman. Megan Kinninment

A 19-YEAR-OLD woman from Ballina was killed and an 18-year-old man critically injured after a car crash at Broken Head near Byron Bay on Saturday night.

The woman, whose name has not yet been released, had only very recently moved to Ballina from Armidale, police said.

She was a passenger in a Mazda Astina which was travelling north along Broken Head Road about 11.30pm on Saturday. Police said the Mazda veered on to the opposite side of the road where it then collided with a Mitsubishi Magna.

The woman and the driver of the Mazda were treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics before being taken to Tweed Hospital.

However, the woman died a short time later.

The male driver was transferred to the Gold Coast Hospital, then later to Prince Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, where he remains in a critical, but stable condition.

The other car involved in the accident was being driven by its sole occupant, a 42-year-old Ballina man who was treated at the scene for chest and leg injuries before being taken to the Tweed Hospital, where he is in a stable condition.

A crime scene was established at the crash site, close to where the speed zone changes from 80km to 50km on the approach into Suffolk Park.

Investigations are continuing, a police spokesperson said yesterday.

Police from Byron Bay are appealing for witnesses to the crash to contact them via Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A 22-year-old Newrybar motorcyclist died along the same stretch of road in September 2009 after colliding with three cars.

Broken Head Road also claimed the lives of four Lismore teenagers in 2006.

Bryce Wells, Corey New, Mitchell Eveleigh and Paul Morris were killed on October 22, 2006, when the car they were passengers in slammed into a tree on a wet night after overtaking another vehicle across double lines on a bend.

The car was being driven by a 17-year-old Year 11 student from Lismore with a provisional licence.

Saturday night’s accident happened about one kilometre south of where the four teenage boys died.


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