Crash probe - Police investigators consider foul play

By SAMANTHA HEALY

POLICE are not ruling out foul play as investigations continue into the mysterious car crash that claimed the life of a West Tweed Heads mother earlier this week.

Kylie Iskov, a passenger, was killed when the Holden Commodore being driven by her husband Clayton Iskov crashed into a large tree on Tweed Valley Way, one kilometre south of Mooball's Moo Moo Cafe on Monday.

It is understood the couple, who have three children, had recently separated.

No skid marks were found on the road.

Accident investigator Snr Const Mitch McMullen of the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit yesterday confirmed Mrs Iskov, 33, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, which resulted in her head hitting the windscreen.

"It's still early in the investigation, but detectives from Tweed Heads are also involved," Sen Const McMullen said. "The vehicle will also be mechanically checked, the brakes, the steering.

"The car looked sound but we must look at everything. "There was also nothing on the road to suggest the car skidded before hitting the tree."

Mr Iskov, who sustained only minor injuries in Monday's crash, was released from Murwillumbah District Hospital yesterday.

Two small flower posies were nestled in the gnarled bark of the tall tallowwood tree at the accident scene.

The hefty tree, which forms part of a beautiful canopy shading the scenic road, was all that stood between the car and a two-metre cliff.

The floral tribute, a cigarette lighter, bits of plastic, a reflector and yellow spray paint marking the movement of the sedan before the crash, are all that remain.

A local business owner told the Daily News yesterday that police had been "clamping down on hoons" in the area, but the spot where the couple crashed was "not as bad as other sections of the Tweed Valley Way".

"I know there have been several other fatalities further up the road, but not here," he said.

"It's a strange spot to crash. "There are a few dangerous bends further up the road, but it's not as bad where the crash happened. It's reasonably straight."

The business owner also said he had overheard investigators discussing whether Mrs Iskov had undone her seatbelt to look for something on the floor and that Mr Iskov may have taken his eyes off the road to help.

Police say it is far too early to conclude what caused the crash, but officers are speaking with the family and Mr Iskov to determine what may have happened.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to contact Tweed Heads Police on (07) 5536 0999. CORRECTION: In yesterday's Daily News it was incorrectly state Mrs Iskov's children attend St Josephs Primary School, Banora Point where the principal is Tony Boyd. In fact they attend St Josephs, Tweed Heads where the principal is Tony Boyle.



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