"You were such an amazing person Jake" - tributes continue

Jake Collins.
Jake Collins.

UPDATE 2PM: TRIBUTES continue to flow for Jake Collins, the 19-year-old who died yesterday after a crash at Bexhill on Wednesday night.

"You were one of my sisters best friends," one person commented on The Northern Star's Facebook page. "Always there for her no matter what, always had the time for your real friends, you were such an amazing person jake and you will not be forgotten, only the good die young!

"We all miss you, never met a guy with such respect and such a happy go lucky guy. You will always be up high looking down on everyone from the sky. Rest in peace Jakey."

The driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash has also commented on this website, offering his sympathies to Jake's family and friends.

"All my Love & condolences to young Jake, his family & friends, the Clunes community for their loss," he said.

Tributes can be posted to the Star's Facebook page or via the comments section below.


A YOUNG life was tragically cut short when Jake Collins died as a result of serious head injuries sustained in a head-on crash at Bexhill.

Social media was flooded with tributes yesterday as news of the former Trinity Catholic College student's death spread across the Northern Rivers and beyond.

Tributes for Jake

Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Mick Dempsey said the crash happened just after 6pm on Wednesday, when the 19-year-old from Clunes was driving a Toyota Corolla on Bangalow Rd.

"As he was approaching a sweeping left-hand bend, travelling towards Lismore, he has lost control in the wet," Insp Dempsey said.

"He crossed to the incorrect side of the road and collided head-on with a vehicle travelling in the other direction."

Insp Dempsey said the driver of the northbound Hyundai station wagon was a 54-year-old Mullumbimby man.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said several units responded to the incident at about 6.14pm.

Mr Collins was taken to Lismore Base Hospital and placed in intensive care in a critical condition with serious head injuries.

He passed away at about 3am yesterday.

The driver of the Hyundai was taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a serious but stable condition, where he was treated for spinal injuries.

This was the fifth fatality on Northern Rivers roads so far this year, following deaths on Ellangowan Rd at Yorklea, Ross Ln at Lennox Head, Main Arm Rd at Upper Main Arm, and the Summerland Way at Casino.

Insp Dempsey said motorists must drive to the conditions and be extra vigilant in wet weather.

Police are still investigating the incident and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Photo of Jake Collins from facebook. Photo Contributed
Photo of Jake Collins from facebook. Photo Contributed Contributed


You can add your own tribute in the comments section below.

A very sweet and charming young man. I will miss his smile.

Judi Lindsay


The world has lost an amazing human. All my love is with his family.

Kim Andrews

May the Angels, Gods and Goddesses comfort those who are suffering.

Adzy Mojoe Layto

He was a great young man with an infectious smile. 

Jessica Kate Miller

Warm heart-filled hugs to family and friends for such a young life lost.

Liz Willows

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