The red Toyota Celica on The Coast Road between Lennox Head and Byron Bay after the collision that killed an Aboriginal man on Wednesday night.
The red Toyota Celica on The Coast Road between Lennox Head and Byron Bay after the collision that killed an Aboriginal man on Wednesday night. Jay Cronan

Car kills man at Lennox Head

LOCAL Aboriginal communities are in mourning following the death of a 55-year-old Alstonville man who was hit by a car at Lennox Head on Wednesday night.

The well-known man died when he was run over by a red Toyota Celica turning out of Ross Lane on to The Coast Road heading towards Byron Bay just before 9.30pm.

The shaken 66-year-old driver of the Toyota stopped to render assistance, but there was little he could do but call emergency services.

Police and paramedics were quickly on the scene, but attempts torevive the victim were unsuccessful.

NSW Ambulance district manager Inspector Greg Powell said and crews from Ballina and Byron Bay and a supervisor attended the accident, but said the victim was not breathing when they arrived. He was declared dead at the scene.

Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Nicole Bruce said the family had been notified, but they would not be releasing the victim’s name – in line with indigenous custom.

It is believed he had been drinking and was lying on the road at the time of the incident.

The driver was treated for shock at the scenebefore being taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests after passing an initial roadside test.

A crime scene was established and the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit is investigating, though no charges are expected to be laid.

Police will prepare a full brief for the Coroner.

The man has extensive family in the region and was well-known to parishioners at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Ballina where he often attended services, including the monthly Aboriginal Mass.

He touched the hearts of many a fortnight ago when he was seen returning from Communion with tears in his eyes. Others remember him attending the recent funeral of a family member as an elder, where he sat at the front of the church ‘dressed immaculately in a suit’.


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