Man killed walking on the highway

THE identity of a man killed while walking along the Pacific Highway remains unknown.

Believed to be in his early 20s, the man was struck by a vehicle near Corindi at dusk on Sunday.

Police called a media conference yesterday to assist in their search for the identity of the young man.

Investigators have determined he was hit by a restored 1960s Chevrolet while walking in the northbound lane of the highway, just opposite the Lorikeet Tourist Park turn-off, shortly before 6pm.

The elderly male driver of the vehicle suffered shock and was taken to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus for treatment.

Distraught family members of the driver yesterday continued to assist police with their investigations.

Coffs Clarence Command crime manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay confirmed reports the pedestrian may have been intoxicated.

“Police would like to hear from anyone who may be able to help us with the identity of this man,” Inspt. Lindsay said.

“The man was not carrying identification at the time.

“As a result, we still haven’t been able to identify this person who lost his life.

“Initial investigations have found he was walking on the road, alcohol may have been a factor, however, (investigators) are waiting on results of blood and urine tests to confirm this.”

The northern lane of the highway remained closed for several hours while traffic was re-routed through the southbound lane.

Crash scene investigators are handling all inquiries into the cause of the collision and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

Anyone with information about the incident, who hasn’t yet spoken to police, is urged to contact the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit on 6681 8618 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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