News

Rushed trip for cigarette lighter cost four their lives

TRAGEDY: Emergency services (above) at the scene of a fatal car crash at Newrybar where four young people died.
TRAGEDY: Emergency services (above) at the scene of a fatal car crash at Newrybar where four young people died. Cathy Adams

IF Jessica Camidge, Richard Wells, Will Manton, and Samantha Enright had been able to find a cigarette lighter they may never have embarked on the drive that led to their deaths.

The four young people were killed about 1.20am yesterday when the car they were in went out of control and crashed into a tree on the Pacific Highway at Newrybar.

Ms Camidge, 22 of Ewingsdale, Mr Wells, 19 of West Ballina, Mr Manton, 20 of Ballina, and Ms Enright, 17 of Skennars Head, all died at the scene.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash. Yesterday they said they believe they had tried to overtake a truck across double lines immediately before the crash.

Investigators are also looking at speed and alcohol as possible factors contributing to the tragedy.

Ballina police Inspector Nicole Bruce said Ms Camidge, who was in the driver's seat, had a suspended licence.

The four had been driving from Ewingsdale to Ballina when the crash happened.

"A friend of theirs told police they were going to Ballina to get a cigarette lighter," Insp Bruce said.

The car involved in yesterday’s fatal crash being removed from the scene.
The car involved in yesterday’s fatal crash being removed from the scene. Cathy Adams

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

HOW THIS TRAGIC STORY UNFOLDED YESTERDAY

OTHER TOP STORIES TODAY

Obama: We will degrade and destroy Isis

Career criminal racks up $12,357 in unpaid fines

Rushed trip for cigarette lighter cost four their lives

Samsung unveils curved screen Galaxy Note Edge, VR headset

Malaysia Airlines bucket list promo atrocious says widow

Rental nightmare: Alf's home a squalor

 

Topics:  crash, editors picks, pacific highway




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Saffin and Elliot at odds with their own party

WEDGED: Federal member for Richmond Justine Elliot and Page candidate Janelle Saffin have gone out on a limb in signing a pledge to ban the diesel fuel rebate and end political campaign donations from mining companies.

It began as an innocent photo opportunity...

Babysitter to face court over Bruxner Highway fatality

The scene of the fatal crash on the Bruxner Highway. Photo Cath Adams / The Northern Star

The driver of a car involved in a fatal crash has been charged

OPINION: NBN should stand for Not Better Network

Telstra logo

NBN is like funnelling water through PVC pipe, littered with holes.

Latest deals and offers

Coastal development keeps young people on Northern Rivers

Wes Bale is a 27-year-old born and bred Lennox Head local who is an example of the demographic shift in the region.

Young Northern Rivers residents are looking closer to home

We’ve found 8 rentals available on the Northern Rivers

2/22 Sunnybank Drive, Ballina

It's obvious there is a rental shortage on the Northern Rivers