Biker?s critical crash injuries

By CRAIG McTEAR

A RIDE through the country has ended horribly for motorcyclist David Simpson.

The Broadbeach 65-year-old is now fighting for his life in hospital after being catapulted from his machine at Glenreagh.

Police believe Tuesday's accident happened some time between 3pm and 3.10pm.

Mr Simpson was riding his 2006 GSX Suzuki south on Orara Way and was 1.5km south of Lurcocks Road when he veered off the road and skidded in dirt for 70 metres.

The motorbike slammed into a dirt culvert, throwing him off the vehicle.

He landed next to a fence 10 metres away but went unnoticed for some 20 minutes, Sergeant Frank Cook from Coffs Harbour police said.

A passing motorist who discovered the damaged motorbike and the badly injured rider raised the alarm.

Mr Simpson, who told rescuers he couldn't feel movement in his legs, was treated at the scene by ambulance officers. They took him by road to the Glenreagh Showground, where he was placed in a Westpac Life Saver rescue helicopter and flown to Coffs Harbour Health Campus in a critical condition. He underwent surgery for spinal injuries and serious internal bleeding that night.

He was late yesterday being transferred to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. Police are continuing their inquiries into the cause of the accident.

A WOMAN, 45, injured in a car smash at Woolgoolga last week, is improving. The woman suffered multiple fractures and was trapped for more than an hour before she could be freed.

She was out of intensive care and in a stable condition in Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital yesterday.

An eight-year-old girl who was travelling with her was discharged on Tuesday from the Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick.

In other news, a Toormina woman, 27, who was involved in a fatal smash at Corindi on January 9 has been discharged from John Hunter Hospital. She suffered a broken jaw, cuts and bruising. A Central Coast woman, 58, died in the accident.



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