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THE damage done to the Mitsubishi Colt belies the severity of the accident that claimed the life of a Murwillumbah man
THE damage done to the Mitsubishi Colt belies the severity of the accident that claimed the life of a Murwillumbah man



A MURWILLUMBAH man died yesterday from injuries received on Wednesday afternoon when the car he was driving failed to negotiate a bend on Clothiers Creek Road west of Bogangar.

Colin Hawkey, 29, died in hospital from severe head injuries sustained in the accident that spared his four passengers.

Mr Hawkey was driving a Mitsubishi Colt along Clothiers Creek Road towards Bogangar when the vehicle rolled several times after he lost control on a left-hand bend at 4.30pm.

He was thrown from the car which came to rest on its roof in the middle of the road.

The four passengers, friends of Mr Hawkey's, two aged 23, a 21-year-old and a 15-year-old, escaped from the accident with minor cuts and bruising.

Ambulance officers administered aid to Mr Hawkey at the scene. He was later taken to the Gold Coast Hospital where he died at 12.30am yesterday.

Police Inspector Owen King from Tweed Byron Local Area Command believes speed and alcohol may have been contributing factors to the cause of the accident. Police will continue their enquiries and prepare a report for the coroner.

Traffic along the road was blocked for almost an hour due to the accident.



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