Fatal crash victims identified
THE young man who died on the Pacific Highway at Corindi this week has been identified as Corey Sutherland.
The Sandy Beach 17 year old, who has close links with the Yarrawarra community at Corindi, was struck by a car while he was walking in the north-bound lane of the highway, just opposite the Lorikeet Tourist Park turnoff, shortly before 6pm on Sunday.
He died at the scene.
The elderly male driver of the north-bound vehicle suffered shock and was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus for treatment.
Police have confirmed reports the young victim may have been intoxicated.
Meanwhile, the Dorrigo woman who lost her life after a smash west of her hometown on Saturday was Joyce Whiddon, 66.
Ms Whiddon was driving her Honda Jazz west on Waterfall Way about 10km west of Dorrigo at 9.50am on Saturday when an oncoming Ford ute, driven by a Dorrigo man, 26, crossed to the wrong side of the road.
Both drivers were trapped in their wrecks and the woman was taken with serious injuries to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
She died from those injuries on Monday night.
The other driver was charged with dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.
Police are continuing their investigations into both accidents, along with another fatal smash at Dorrigo on Saturday night which killed Dorrigo woman Carol Miller.
Ms Miller, 31, who was engaged, died as she reversed her Hyundai Excel into a parking spot in Dorrigo’s town centre shortly before midnight on Saturday.
Police believe her vehicle was almost stationary or had come to a stop when it was hit from behind by a Nissan Skyline, driven by a local man, 23. He sustained chest injuries and was taken to Coffs Harbour hospital.
He has been charged with dangerous driving causing death.
According to eye-witnesses, the impact of the collision forced the rear half of the hatchback into the front of the vehicle.