Tragic double fatality
THE Clarence Valley is mourning the death of two young men killed when the vehicle they were travelling in smashed into a tree at the weekend.
The driver, Nathan Chapman, 20, and his passenger Kyle Clifford, 18, died at the scene after CPR failed to revive them.
At approximately 12.55am, the Holden Barina driven by the P-plater was travelling west on Bacon Street, Grafton, when it is believed he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the tree.
The driver was ejected from the car while his 18-year-old passenger was trapped inside the vehicle.
A number of nearby residents heard the crash and went to the scene, where they rendered aid to the two men before police arrived and began CPR.
NSW Ambulance paramedics, Fire Brigades officers and State Emergency Service volunteers also attended the crash and despite all efforts by emergency workers both men died at the scene.
Police believe excessive speed and rain may have been contributing factors in the accident.
Yesterday, floral tributes surrounded the site where the young men lost their lives and young people paraded the street to pay their respects.
A crime scene was established and examined by specialist crime scene officers.
Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash continue and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.