Two local women die in weekend tragedies

By Hannah Ross

THE lives of two young local women were lost over the weekend in two separate accidents.

On Saturday night a 22-year-old Meerschaum Vale woman died at the scene when the car she was travelling in smashed into a tree on Bagotville Road, Meerschaum Vale.

On Sunday morning a 24-year-old woman from Cabarita Beach suffered fatal injuries when she fell from a horse at a property at Ewingar, 30 kilometres south of Tabulam.

This accident comes in the wake of similar local tragedies in recent weeks: the death of a 55-year-old Byron Bay man who suffered head injuries when he was hit by a car while riding his bike, and the death of a teenage girl who fell from the back of a ute while driving on a property near Woodburn two weeks ago.

According to police, the Meerschaum Vale accident happened at 9.30pm when the car in which the woman was a front-seat passenger left the road and careered down an embankment before smashing into a tree.

The passenger side of the vehicle, a 1991 Nissan Pulsar sedan, took the full brunt of the crash.

The male driver, 22, of Lismore, was in shock but was otherwise uninjured in the crash.

Alstonville and Ballina police, the Richmond Highway Patrol and Ballina Crash Investigation Unit all attended the scene of the crash.

The Ballina Crash Investigation Unit is still looking into the cause of the accident. Last night no charges had been laid against the driver.

Ballina detectives are also investigating the horse riding accident at Ewingar and will file a report for the Coroner, who will await the results of a post mortem to determine the exact cause of death.

But according to information released by police yesterday, the victim fell from the horse and landed on an old blunt post protruding from the ground. She was wearing a riding helmet and sustained the most serious injuries to her abdomen. Initially she was conscious, but incoherent.

It is believed she was at the property with her boyfriend and her boyfriend's parents.

They rushed her to Ewingar Hall, where the woman was treated by ambulance officers and then airlifted to Lismore's Mortimer Oval by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

She was pronounced dead on arrival.

Neither of the women's names had been released by police last night.

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