DORRIGO has been rocked by the weekend’s fatal accident in the heart of the town, which claimed the life of a well-known 31-year-old local woman.
In a tragic turn of events, friends and family were among the first to the crash scene outside the Heritage Hotel late on Saturday night.
Police yesterday continued to question a 23-year-old local man saying charges were ‘likely’ to be laid.
As he recovered in Coffs Harbour Hospital with chest injuries, television reports allege the driver was doing burnouts in a Nissan Skyline around the town prior to the accident.
“Police are investigating his manner of driving and are waiting on the results of mandatory drug and alcohol testing,” Coffs Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said.
Inspector Lindsay said police are giving the woman’s family time to notify friends and relatives before confirming her identity.
There has been an outpouring of support and condolences to the family which is well known in the close knit community.
The 31-year-old was killed as she was reversing her maroon Hyundai Excel into a park shortly before midnight.
It is believed she had turned into Cudgery Street (also known as the Waterfall Way) after driving east along Hickory Street.
The vehicle has been found to have been almost stationary when it was hit from behind by the Skyline.
According to those at the accident scene, the impact of the collision forced the rear half of the hatchback to the front of the vehicle.
A report for the coroner will state that she died of her injuries before paramedics could free her from the wreckage.
As emergency service workers tended to both drivers, hotel patrons spilled out onto the street, many of them knowing the occupants in both vehicles.
The wreckage was cleared from the roadway and the Waterfall Way re-opened on Sunday morning.
Detectives will use the findings of a crash scene report compiled by the Accident Investigation Unit in deciding exactly what charges the man could face.