A map of the area of the accident at Heathlands, 150km south of Bamaga.
A map of the area of the accident at Heathlands, 150km south of Bamaga.

Byron man dies in off-road smash

A WELL-KNOWN Coopers Shoot man has died and another local man is in a serious condition after a horrific trail bike accident in a remote part of the Cape York Peninsula.

Jeff Schneider, 45, was killed in the accident, that happened on Thursday afternoon.

Darryl Essery, 46, suffered critical injuries in the accident and was airlifted to Cairns Base Hospital.

A hospital spokeswoman confirmed that Mr Essery was still in a serious condition, but she could not provide any further details.

The two men – both employees of Byron Shire Council – had been riding trail bikes about 150km south of Bamaga, on the tip of Cape York Peninsula, in far north Queensland, when the accident happened.

Mr Schneider's brother-in-law, Steve Jarrett, said the family was in total shock after receiving the news.

“He had gone up to the Cape with a group of mates for a three-week trip,” Mr Jarrett said.

“Jeff was always very careful, so for something like this to happen is a real shock to everyone.

“He was very unselfish and this was probably the only time he had ever gone somewhere without his wife.

“It was the longest time they had been away from each other.”

Mr Jarrett said his brother-in-law was a “very good husband and father to his two children”.

“He was just so well-liked and well-respected in the community.”

A Byron Shire Council spokeswoman said the council was unable to provide any comment on the accident because staff were “shocked and grieving at the loss of a long-serving colleague and friend”.



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