Restaurateur dies after car crash in Bay

Popular Byron Bay businesswoman Caroline Pitt died after a car crash in Byron Bay in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Popular Byron Bay businesswoman Caroline Pitt died after a car crash in Byron Bay in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Byron Bay has been shocked by the death of well-known Byron Bay restaurateur Caroline Pitt in a car accident in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Mrs Pitt, 56, of Suffolk Park, the owner of Thai@Byron in the Feros Arcade, died after her Toyota Rav 4 hit a power pole in Bangalow Road shortly before 1am.

 Mrs Pitt, mother of Tanya, Jason and Ryan, grandmother of Jake and Marcus and wife of Tony, was a well-respected member of the community and much loved by her family, friends and the business community.

“She was the world’s greatest mum,” daughter Tanya Pearson told The Northern Star.

“She was the most generous and loving person I have ever met. She touched a lot of people’s lives, she was my best friend and I will miss her very much.”

Byron United vice-president and friend Sevegne Newton said she was devastated.

“I can’t tell you how terribly sad and tragic this is for the whole of Byron Bay,” she said.

“I knew her very well. When I lost my mother recently she was there for me. She was such a wonderful support.

“Caroline was a most generous and compassionate woman, she was a consummate business person, most-loved by her staff and customers.”

It is understood Mrs Pitt was driving into Byron Bay to pick up her son when the accident happened.

She was driving north along Bangalow Road when her car apparently crossed to the wrong side of the road, narrowly missing an oncoming vehicle.

Her vehicle careered into a power pole and as a result the power pole was dislodged.

Mrs Pitt was trapped for a short time before being freed by members of the Volunteer Rescue Association. She was taken to Byron Bay Hospital, but was unable to be resuscitated.

Inquiries into the crash are continuing.

Bangalow Road was closed while Country Energy attended to the damaged power pole.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Mrs Pitt’s funeral will be held tomorrow (Fri) at noon at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Byron Bay.

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