Driver dies in hospital
A VICTORIAN family has been rocked by the loss of their beloved brother and son in a horrific head-on crash near Ulmarra.
Nathan Zanuso, 27, died in a Newcastle hospital eight days after his Nissan utility collided with a semi-trailer on the Pacific Highway early on February 11.
Mr Zanuso, a former St Monica’s Primary School and Catholic College Wodonga student, had been en route to Melbourne from Brisbane at the time of the crash.
He had left the Queensland capital after gaining the highest qualification available in his field as an international rope access technician, a career which had included scaling city skyscrapers for maintenance and rigging purposes.
“He had worked in a multitude of remote locations, making friends wherever he went, and had experienced more than some may see in an entire lifetime,” his father, Paul, said yesterday.
Mr Zanuso said his son’s zest for life had seen him develop passions for snowboarding, surfing and skating.
“His deeply loving, compassionate and generous personality has made him well-loved amongst family and his many friends,” he said.
“We will all miss his zany, hilarious behaviour that could brighten anyone’s day and brought much laughter and smiles to those around him.”
Sgt Dallas Leven, of Grafton highway patrol, said investigations into the crash continued.
“Early indications are that it appears the heavy vehicle combination crossed to the incorrect side of the roadway and collided with the car being driven by Mr Zanuso for reasons that are yet to be determined,” he said.
No charges have yet been laid against the Victorian truck driver, 51, who was uninjured in the smash.
The Border Mail