Pedestrian death mystery
A PEDESTRIAN hit and killed by a truck on the Pacific Highway yesterday had no possessions or ID, police said.
Police were still trying to identify the middle-aged man in the afternoon, after he was struck by a semitrailer at Tweed Heads South about 9.10am.
Dutch tourists Godard Croon, 30, and Nikki Wiesman, 32, watched in horror when the man was struck, as they drove northbound on the highway just past Sexton Hill.
“We saw the man jump in front of the truck and go flying through the air,” Mr Croon said.
“The truck was overtaking us, and we saw the man standing in the grass at the side of the road.”
The truck driver, a 36-year-old man from Hinchinbrook, Queensland, and his female passenger were traumatised after the incident, Mr Croon said.
“He braked immediately but it was too late, obviously,” he said.
The pedestrian's body landed in trees on the median strip Mr Croon said.
Mr Croon and Ms Wiesman were travelling to Brisbane from Byron Bay at the time of the accident.
They told authorities it appeared the man had deliberately stepped into the path of the oncoming truck.
Police and ambulance crews pronounced the man dead at the scene.
The truck, a car transporter, came to rest about 50 metres north of where the body lay.
It was left with a smashed right headlight and damage to its grill and had a blood stain underneath the headlight.
The driver and passenger were taken by police to Tweed Hospital, where the man underwent mandatory blood and urine testing.
Traffic on the busy stretch of road was reduced to a crawl near the crash scene, while police waited for the Ballina crash unit to arrive and investigate the incident.
Officers from the crash unit said the man was found with nothing in his pockets and no vehicle had been found near the scene.
Police are now asking anyone who might know the man to contact them.
He is described as being aged between 40 and 50 years, of white or European appearance and an obese build.
At the time of the incident he was wearing black tracksuit pants, a black jumper and a white pair of sneakers.
Anyone who might be able to identify the man or who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Tweed Heads police or the Crime Stoppers hotline by phoning 1800 333 000.