Corey Sutherland 'a good kid'

COREY Sutherland was counting down the days to his 18th birthday on August 4.

But it was a milestone the Sandy Beach teenager would never reach.

Corey died on Sunday night when he was struck by a car on the Pacific Highway at Corindi.

He was walking from his mother’s home at Mullaway to his grandmother’s place at Corindi Beach when the accident happened.

Police have confirmed reports young Corey may have been intoxicated at the time.

His grieving family wants people to know Corey was much more than simply someone who lost their life walking along the highway.

“He was happy. He was a good kid,” his aunt, Tricia Perkins, told the Coffs Coast Advocate yesterday.

“It’s hard to believe he’s gone. He loved life and did everything for everybody.

“He loved everyone.”

Corey was well known in the local Aboriginal community and the wider community, too, and his family says they’re still searching for answers surrounding his death.

“We are looking for closure. We still don’t know the full circumstances of the accident,” Tricia said.

Corey was born in Coffs Harbour and was schooled at Corindi Public and Orara High.

He was most recently working in a community development program with the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Corporation at Corindi and was also engaged in home schooling.

Tricia said Corey loved all forms of music, particularly country, and he was an avid Newcastle Knights rugby league fan.

Corey’s funeral will be held on Monday at Woolgoolga.

Corey is survived by his mum, Naomi, his dad, Grahame, his stepmum, Chantel, his younger sister, Bianca, and his younger brothers, Jaden and Tyler.

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