Tragic mystery: Why was Jack in wrong place at wrong time?
JACK Chalk had the world at his feet working on the Pirates of the Caribbean movie set until his life was cut tragically short when he was hit by a car and killed on The Coast Rd at Broken Head on Sunday morning.
What made it even more tragic was, his sister Hayley said, that nobody knows why he was walking on that stretch of road when a Holden Commodore sedan hit him at 3.30am.
"He went out in Byron on Saturday night with a group of friends, about 15 of them, like he regularly did," she said.
"No-one knows what happened or why he was out there because no-one lives that way.
"He should have been going back to Byron, not the other way, which is the worst part."
Ms Chalk said her 25-year-old brother, known as "Daggers" to his mates, had recently returned from several months touring Thailand and was the envy of his friends when he went to work on the set of the hit movie series.
"Most of his friends knew he had been working doing scaffolding on the set of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie and were happy for him," she said.
After growing up at Main Arm, near Mullumbimby, Ms Chalk said Jack went to Main Arm Public School then completed high school at Mullumbimby where he made many friends.
"Jack played soccer and enjoyed skateboarding with his friends growing up," she said.
"He also liked drawing. He did a lot of drawings that were really good."
Ms Chalk said Jack's drawing talent began to emerge in primary school.
"He did a lot of anime drawings which were his favourites," she said.
After nine months living on the Gold Coast, Mr Chalk moved to Sydney to be closer to his sister and friends.
A qualified signwriter, Jack quickly got a job working for an advertising and signwriting agency.
"He lived with me for a little while in Darlinghurst, then moved in with his friends in Manly," she said.
But his home turf and Northern Rivers mates beckoned.
"Then he moved back to the Northern Rivers this year and was staying with his friend Harley Caulcutt's family at Ocean Shores and on the Gold Coast with friends," Ms Chalk said.
Mr Caulcutt and Jack worked together for Far North Coast Scaffolding.
"He had a lot of friends and when we went to his house last night there were so many of his friends there," Ms Chalk said. "That's one thing people will remember Jack by, was that he had so many friends."
As Jack's body will be taken to Newcastle for a coronial investigation, the family are yet to confirm funeral arrangements.