Young mum dies in crash mystery
By NEELIMA CHOAHAN
MYSTERY surrounds the circumstances behind a car crash on a quiet stretch of road which claimed the life of a 33-year-old Tweed woman near Mooball early yesterday afternoon.
It is believed the driver of the car in which she was a passenger lost control before crashing into a huge tallowwood tree.
Information surfaced last night that the woman was a mother of three who recently separated from her husband.
A man who was driving the car, a white Holden Commodore, suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Murwillumbah District Hospital.
Murwillumbah Police Inspector Ross Wilkinson said the accident occurred about 1pm on the Tweed Valley Way, 1km south of Mooball. "The vehicle was travelling south on the Tweed Valley Way when it left the road and collided with a tree," Insp Wilkinson said.
"We are requesting anyone who might have seen the accident to come forward."
The woman was unconscious when an ambulance arrived and paramedics were unable to revive her. She passed away at the scene.
A Careflight helicopter which was called to attend was called off before it arrived.
Police, other onlookers and locals were confused about what could have caused the accident on a seemingly harmless stretch of road.
"The car had just left the town speed limit zone and was heading up a slight incline around a minor bend," said one onlooker.
Locals said the stretch of road where the fatality occurred had some tight bends and had been listed among traffic black spots before the new highway was opened eight years ago.
Some locals speculated speed may have been the cause of the accident.
A short time after the crash a badly shaken woman walked into the Moo Moo Cafe in Mooball, less than two kilometres away. The woman was very distraught, telling cafe staff she had comforted a victim at the accident scene but was unable to do anything to save her.
A spokeswoman for the North Coast Area Health Service late yesterday said the driver of the Commodore was in a satisfactory condition. "He has been admitted to the Murwillumbah Hospital," she said.
Anyone with information can contact Tweed police on (07) 5536 0999 or Crimestoppers 1800 333 000.