Alcohol and speed blamed for fatal crash

SUNDAY 8PM: POLICE have confirmed alcohol and speed were factors in Saturday's fatal crash at Upper Corindi.

Coffs-Clarence Police acting inspector Darren Williams said the single-car collision that claimed the life of a 39-year-old Queensland man could have been avoided.

"The man was travelling at some speed on the dirt gravel road when he came into a slight right-hand bend in the road," Act Insp Williams said.

"He realised his error and tried to turn and activate the car's breaks but has driven straight through and into a gumtree.

"The gentleman was not wearing his seatbelt, not driving to the road conditions and was travelling at a bit of speed - it was a recipe for disaster."

Police say the man had been at a friend's party 400 metres from the crash site earlier in the afternoon.

Act Insp Williams said it was a stark reminder for people to abide by the road rules.

"If the gentleman had been wearing his seatbelt he could have walked away," he said.

"We bang on about it all the time - wear a seatbelt, don't drink and drive and these are the results - a 39-year-old man with a family has lost his life."


SUNDAY 2AM: A MAN has died in a car crash north of Coffs Harbour.

About 5.40pm on Saturday, a 39-year-old Queensland motorist lost control of his car on Sherwood Creek Rd, at Upper Corindi.

The man was not wearing a seatbelt when his Nissan ute left the unsealed section of road and collided with a tree.

Investigations into the circumstances involving the crash are continuing.

Police will prepare a report for the NSW Coroner.

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