Burringbar man killed in crash
A 42-YEAR-OLD Burringbar man was one of eight peopled killed in a horror weekend of road accidents for New South Wales motorists.
Gregory Scott Wilmen was a passenger in the vehicle which slid into an embankment while travelling along Reserve Creek Road, near Murwillumbah at around 10.30pm on Saturday night.
The vehicle apparently went out of control before sliding into an embankment and rolling onto its roof.
Mr Wilmen died of injuries sustained when he was partially ejected from the vehicle.
Another passenger, a 45-year-old Burringbar woman, was taken to Tweed Hospital. She was reported to be in a stable condition.
The driver of the vehicle, a 41-year-old man also from Burringbar, escaped uninjured.
Officers from the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit attended at the scene and enquiries into the cause of the crash are continuing.
Murwillumbah police will prepare a report for the coroner.
Three elderly pedestrians were among the eight who perished on the state's roads over the weekend.
Crash investigators were still looking into the cause of the fatal accidents, but Traffic Services Commander, Acting Chief Superintendent John Lipman said he was disappointed by an increase in fatalities, especially when traffic had not been affected by bad weather.
With a high volume of traffic on the roads as school holidays ended yesterday, the number of police patrolling NSW roads was increased.
Police have suspended the licence of an 18-year-old P-plate driver allegedly caught drink driving at almost 200kph, with four passengers in his car.
The five teens, aged between 15 and 18, were travelling in a Nissan Maxima on the Monaro Highway at Michelago, in southern NSW.
Highway Patrol officers allegedly detected the car speeding at 191kph in a 100kph zone at 1.25am.
The 18-year-old was charged with drink driving after he allegedly returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.13.