Tragedy shocks village


CINDY Barry had passed away by the time her son, Toby, found her crashed white Daewoo hatchback by the side of Kyogle Road on Friday afternoon.

The 18-year-old was first to arrive at the scene and immediately recognised his mother's car, but there was little he could do.

The 47-year-old mother of two was killed when her car allegedly crossed the centre-line of the road into the path of an oncoming motorbike.

The motocyclist, a 48-year-old Murwillumbah woman whose name has not been released, also died at the scene.

It is believed Mrs Barry worked at the Midginbil Hill Country Resort as a cleaner and was travelling home from work when she lost control of her car.

Mrs Barry is survived by her husband Michael and two boys, Toby and Paul, 10. Yesterday, the Barry's Kyogle Road property had a deserted look with only a few cars parked nearby.

Indicating the lack of activity, Mr Barry said his wife was a very private person and would want no attention.

"It is going to be a very private funeral," Mr Barry said. The tight-knit Mt Burrell community was still in shock following the death.

Speaking to the Daily News on the condition of anonymity, a neighbour spoke of Mrs Barry as a very good person.

"She and her husband often came around to the fruit and general store to shop," she said.

Friends described Mrs Barry as a loving wife and a devoted mother.

A friend of the family, Sam Dodge, said he knew Mrs Barry to be a very nice person. "She was very caring and always ready to help," Ms Dodge said.

"I am still reeling from the shock."

Ms Dodge said it was "a very harsh way for Toby to find his mum". A beautiful bouquet of white flowers with an angel figurine marked the scene of the accident yesterday.

However, long-term resident Heather said that the accident on Friday afternoon was some-%thing that was just waiting to% happen.

"The roads are terrible" she said. "There is too much traffic.I have seen so many near-misses."

Officers from the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit attended the scene and inquiries into the collision are continuing.

Senior Constable Rachel Adams said a report will be prepared for the coroner.

"We are still interviewing witnesses," Sen const Adams said yesterday.

"It will take six weeks to two months to submit a report to the coroner."

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