Fatal crash driver was drunk, disqualified, police allege
AN 18-year-old man will appear in court today after a 23-year-old Coraki woman was killed in a single vehicle crash on Naughtons Gap Rd near Bentley yesterday.
The man, who was last night refused bail, has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, mid-range drink driving, and negligent driving.
He was also charged with driving a car during disqualification and breach of bail.
Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Bill McKenna said emergency services were called to Naughtons Gap Rd about 1.30am after reports of a crash.
"The vehicle has collided with a railing on a rail bridge, which has caused the vehicle to roll over," he said.
"As a result of that collision a 23-year-old female received fatal injuries."
Paint markings on the road from the North Coast Crash Investigation Unit indicated the 18-year-old driver was travelling northbound when he approached the railway bridge, 250m from the Stones Rd turnoff, on the wrong side of the road and impacted with the guardrail.
The impact propelled the white Holden Commodore sedan across the bridge, where it came to rest on its roof.
The 23-year-old woman - a rear passenger in the car - died at the scene.
The driver and other two passengers suffered minor injuries.
Police said a report would be prepared for the coroner.
The 23-year-old woman's death is the eighth fatality on Northern Rivers roads this year.
This tragic statistic means the northern border's cluster of Tweed Byron and Richmond Local Area Commands has more fatal crashes than any other LAC in the state.
Eight fatalities equates to one death every 8.6 days this year.
Richmond Tweed Highway Patrol Sergeant Chad George said 11.5% of the state's 69 fatal crashes this year had occurred on Northern Rivers roads.
Anyone with information about the crash on Naughtons Gap Rd is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.