Skateboarders at the scene of Saturday night?s fatality in Tweed Street, Coolangatta
Skateboarders at the scene of Saturday night?s fatality in Tweed Street, Coolangatta

Skateboard road death



A 24-YEAR-old skateboard rider died on Saturday night after he fell from his board and was struck by a car from behind on a hilly street in Coolangatta often used by skateboarders. Police said the 24-year-old Coolangatta man was rushed to The Tweed Hospital following the accident on Tweed Street at 9.15pm but died soon after arrival. The man, whose name is yet to be released, fell off his skateboard onto the road, injuring himself, and was struck shortly afterwards by a car driven by a 78-year-old man. Queensland Police are continuing their investigations and will compile a report for the coroner. Yesterday morning, a housemate of the dead man held a private silent vigil at the scene. The young woman, overcome with grief, said the man, a TAFE student, was originally from New Zealand and had lived at Coolangatta for about 18 months. The man's mother, she said, had been informed and was flying into Coolangatta today to arrange his funeral. An elderly woman who lives near the accident scene said the tragedy was one waiting to happen, as the very steep Tweed Street was often used by skateboarders day and night. Rosemary Pye, who has lived in the street for 40 years, said the road on the hill had been used by skateboarders for the past 20 years. "They (skateboarders) like the hill, but it's a stupid place to skateboard," Mrs Pye said. "And at all odd hours, the dogs bark all the time," she said. But it was speeding motorists and the huge volume of traffic which worried her and other residents. "I didn't see it, but at first I thought a car hit the kerb as many do near the roundabout as they always speed around here," Mrs Pye said. "There's been accident after accident along here, cars just fly up and down this street - it's terrible," she said. The busy suburban street, Mrs Pye said, was used as a southerly through road by traffic heading to Tweed Heads from Coolangatta airport. Mrs Pye said the tragic accident highlighted the need for skateboarders to wear helmets or protective clothing, or for road rules to be changed to address the problem.



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