Family told of man's death

POLICE have notified the family of the Coffs Harbour man aged in his 40s who was killed when struck by a truck on the Pacific Highway.

It was believed the man was heavily intoxicated as he walked along the road shoulder south of Moonee Beach on Wednesday about 7.30pm.

Passing motorists called police saying the man appeared to be acting irrationally when they saw him stagger into the southbound lane of the highway.

A short time later the man was reported to have been struck by an unknown vehicle, which drove away.

Police, ambulance paramedics and State Emergency Service crews rushed to the scene, 1km south of Moonee Beach, but the man could not be revived.

Coffs Clarence police said they had since questioned a 43-year-old truck driver, who contacted them after the incident, believing he might have been involved in an accident.

Forensic tests were carried out at Coffs Harbour on the semi-trailer he was driving and police said evidence suggested the heavy vehicle was involved.

The dead man had been identified from fingerprints as a Coffs Harbour resident.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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