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Drivers who died in head-on crash have been named

Marc Stapelberg

POLICE have revealed the two people from Ballina killed in a head-on crash on the Pacific Highway near Bangalow on New Year's Day were Louise Morgan and Lee White.

A butcher at Ballina's Eastside Butchery, Mr White, 23, was killed about 2.20am when the Ford Falcon he was driving north on the Pacific Highway collided head-on with a Mazda3 being driven by Louise Morgan, a Southern Cross University employee.

Hours after the horrific smash, Mr White's sister Belinda White created a Facebook page, RIP Lee White, which had attracted 355 likes yesterday afternoon and a Facebook group which had 48 members.

"Hi all I have created this page to honour the life of my youngest brother Lee White," Ms White wrote about the Facebook page.

"RIP my handsome brother I will miss you so much."

Tributes flooded in for the popular Nomads Motorcycle Club North Coast member.

"Every time I see a firework I'll think of you Lee ... will miss ya heaps ... so lucky to have known you ...Thanks for the fun, the smiles and always making us feel good," wrote Justine Driscoll.

Tasha Lee wrote "my heart goes out to all those who had the pleasure to be in Lee's life."

"He won the heart of my little four-year-old, always finding the time to goof around with him when we went to the Eastside Butchers," she posted. "Such a pleasant, gentle giant."

"He will be missed by many. R.I.P Lee."

Northern Region Traffic co-ordinator senior sergeant Bill Darnell said the crash took the tally of people killed on Northern Rivers roads during Operation Safe Arrival to three.

During the 12-day blitz police fined 221 people for speeding, down by 161 on 2011, and 52 people for drink-driving, the same as in 2011 across the Richmond and Tweed Byron LAC's.

"Generally the figures, including speeding and other infringements, were down compared to 2011, which is impressive and would suggest that motorists are aware of the double demerit period," Snr Sgt Darnell said.

He reminded motorists that although double demerit points finished at midnight on Tuesday, police would be out in force until the school holidays finished.

Topics:  fatal crash, new year's day, pacific highway


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