Death of youth investigated

A SANDY Beach teenager is being remembered by his family and the wider community following his death on the Pacific Highway near Corindi this week.

The 17-year-old is understood to have had close links with the Yarrawarra community at Corindi.

His family was too distraught yesterday to talk publicly about their son and his name was not being released.

The young man was struck by a restored 1960s Chevrolet while he was walking in the northbound 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 northbound vehicle suffered shock and was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus for treatment.

Police have confirmed reports the pedestrian may have been intoxicated.

“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,” Coffs Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said this week.

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

If you can help with this investigation, you are urged to contact the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit on 6681 8618 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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