Grafton soldier dies in head-on
By JULIA ILES
A GRAFTON soldier, 20, died on Sunday night after his motorcycle collided head-on with a station wagon near Wollongong.
The impact threw the motorcyclist onto the car's windscreen. He ended up partly down an embankment and died soon afterwards.
The soldier was riding his black Kawasaki ZXR6 bike along Lawrence Hargrave Drive at 7.15pm, Stanwell Park, north of Wollongong.
Motorists stopped to help and tried to revive the man, as did ambulancemen.
Southern region Senior Sergeant John Klepczarek said yesterday the man was stationed at Holsworthy Army Base.
"He was in the army and was travelling back to Holsworthy. He was doing a lefthand turn and there was a bend in the road but we are still looking into the cause of the crash," he said.
"Passing motorists stopped to try and help the man until ambulancemen arrived but unfortunately he didn't make it."
The car was badly damaged, however, the driver, a 46-year-old man from Wollongong, escaped uninjured. He was taken to hospital and treated for shock.
Senior Sergeant Klepczarek said investigations continue.