Fatal bike crash


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

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

Lantiza/Kungala 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 later conveyed to Grafton Base Hospital.

"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 man had died instantly.

Four other members of the RFS attended the scene and directed traffic around the crash.

The Orara Way was closed for around four hours from Parker Road at Kungala to Armidale Road.

A spokesperson from the Police Media Unit said it was believed the man in hospital was in a serious condition.

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