New Kyogle resident Martin Navybox died in hospital yesterday morning from injuries received after the utility he was driving left Afterlee Road and crashed into this tree on Wednesday night.
New Kyogle resident Martin Navybox died in hospital yesterday morning from injuries received after the utility he was driving left Afterlee Road and crashed into this tree on Wednesday night. David Nielsen

Kyogle residents mourns death of new bloke in town

ON A quiet stretch of Afterlee Road, 3kms west of Kyogle, Martin Navybox lost control of his silver Holden Commodore utility about 6.45pm on Wednesday.

After taking a slight bend his car crossed the road, hit a tree and flipped on to its roof. The impact was so great shards of the vehicle's windscreen lodged in the tree's trunk.

The 25-year-old died in a Gold Coast hospital yesterday morning.

At the time of the accident, Mr Navybox was on his way from his home at Eden Creek to attend Kyogle's street Christmas party.

Moments after the crash, passengers in a passing car stopped and dragged the unconscious Mr Navybox from his car before it burst into flames.

A passing nurse and, soon after, Kyogle GP Michael Glover also stopped to assist Mr Navybox. The accident happened outside a farm owned by another Kyogle GP, Dr Brian Perry, who also stopped to help.

Dr Perry's son, David, said two ambulances, two fire trucks, two SES vehicles and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attended, and up to 12 vehicles stopped to offer assistance.

Mr Navybox was airlifted to the Gold Coast in a critical condition.

Mr Perry said he had seen five crashes on that stretch of road over the past 10 years and could not understand why it was so troublesome. “It's a gentle bend, the slope is reasonable,” he said.

Mr Navybox moved to Kyogle from Ipswich, Queensland, four weeks ago to work as a baker at the Kyogle Bakery.

Lynette Zito, a friend of the Kassebaums, who own the bakery, said although he had only worked there a short time, Mr Navybox had made a big impression.

“He was part of the family and the bakery team,” she said.

Ms Zito said the Kassembaum family and all the employees at the bakery were devastated by the tragedy.

Mr Navybox had become good friends with Christopher and Matthew Kassebaum and both were deeply upset.



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