THERE is sadness and disbelief today around the Tweed after a talented Banora Point mechanic died when his car hit a tree on Thursday night.
Stuart Owen, 24, was travelling south on Fraser Drive when his car left the road and hit a large tree outside Pioneer Country at South Tweed.
The impact of the collision partially destroyed the front end of his Ford Falcon and wedged the driver's side of the car up against the tree.
It is believed Mr Owen was killed instantly.
Police were yesterday trying to piece together the events moments before the crash.
Inspector Jim Kain said it was still too early to determine why Mr Owen's car had left the road and investigations would continue.
He said it had been raining at the time of the accident. Local mechanics and tow truck drivers were yesterday in shock at the news of Mr Owen's accident.
Friends said he had only recently gained his qualifications as a mechanic and had formerly worked at South Tweed Autos.
"We are all just so shocked," said one friend. "We would never have expected this type of thing to happen to Stuart."