FATAL: The scene of yesterday?s crash on the Orara Way. A motorcyclist from Coffs Harbour was killed.
FATAL: The scene of yesterday?s crash on the Orara Way. A motorcyclist from Coffs Harbour was killed.

Motorcyclist killed

By EMMA CORNFORD

ecornford@dailyexaminer.com.au

A GROUP motorcycle ride to Grafton ended in tragedy yesterday morning at Lanitza as one motorcyclist died and another was injured on the Orara Way.

The dead man, a 21-year-old, and the injured rider, 46, both from Coffs Harbour, were part of a group of 15 mates who were out riding for the day.

Lanitza/Kungala NSW Rural Fire Service member Nickie Jewell, who arrived at the spot just minutes after the accident, said it was an 'awful scene'.

"I was coming into town with my four-year-old daughter and one of the guys said 'does anyone know first aid?' I said 'I do' and gave CPR to the man who died ... for about 15 minutes until the ambulance came," she said. "The first guy looked pretty bad and after I started giving CPR he just collapsed behind me because he had been the other one in the crash."

The man was taken to Grafton Base Hospital with minor injuries.

"His actions should be praised because he was in a really bad way but he just ignored his pain and tried to save his mate," Mrs Jewell said.

A Grafton ambulance officer, who attended the crash, said it appeared the 21-year-old had died instantly.

Police said the other riders had noticed the man suddenly brake before losing control and coming off his motorcycle.

Four other members of the rural fire service directed traffic around the crash. The Orara Way was closed for around four hours from Parker Road at Kungala to Armidale Road.

Police from the Crash Investigation Unit were last night investigating the cause.

Earlier, a man lying on a highway at Wagga Wagga was killed when he was run over about 1am yesterday. Police said the 22-year-old Wodonga man was lying on the Olympic Highway about three kilometres north of Wagga Wagga.

A man was also killed when his car hit a rock wall on the F3 freeway at Mooney Mooney, north of Sydney, about 11pm yesterday.

FATAL: The scene of yesterday's crash on the Orara Way. A motorcyclist from Coffs harbour was killed.

By EMMA CORNFORD

ecornford@dailyexaminer.com.au

A GROUP motorcycle ride to Grafton ended in tragedy yesterday morning at Lanitza as one motorcyclist died and another was injured on the Orara Way.

The dead man, a 21-year-old, and the injured rider, 46, both from Coffs Harbour, were part of a group of 15 mates who were out riding for the day.

Lanitza/Kungala NSW Rural Fire Service member Nickie Jewell, who arrived at the spot just minutes after the accident, said it was an 'awful scene'.

"I was coming into town with my four-year-old daughter and one of the guys said 'does anyone know first aid?' I said 'I do' and gave CPR to the man who died ... for about 15 minutes until the ambulance came," she said. "The first guy looked pretty bad and after I started giving CPR he just collapsed behind me because he had been the other one in the crash."

The man was taken to Grafton Base Hospital with minor injuries.

"His actions should be praised because he was in a really bad way but he just ignored his pain and tried to save his mate," Mrs Jewell said.

A Grafton ambulance officer, who attended the crash, said it appeared the 21-year-old had died instantly.

Police said the other riders had noticed the man suddenly brake before losing control and coming off his motorcycle.

Four other members of the rural fire service directed traffic around the crash. The Orara Way was closed for around four hours from Parker Road at Kungala to Armidale Road.

Police from the Crash Investigation Unit were last night investigating the cause.

Earlier, a man lying on a highway at Wagga Wagga was killed when he was run over about 1am yesterday. Police said the 22-year-old Wodonga man was lying on the Olympic Highway about three kilometres north of Wagga Wagga.

A man was also killed when his car hit a rock wall on the F3 freeway at Mooney Mooney, north of Sydney, about 11pm yesterday.



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