Man arrested over hit and run
POLICE have arrested a man over the hit-and-run death of a 60-year-old Ocean Shores man at Mullumbimby on Tuesday.
Popular local, John Foss, died from serious head injuries after being struck by a white van at the junction of Synotts Rd and Coolamon Scenic Dr at about 10am.
A man was arrested on Wednesday morning at a residence near Clunes and taken to Byron Bay Police Station for questioning.
Tweed-Byron Local Area Command duty officer, Inspector Greg Jago, said the arrested man was still assisting police with their inquiries yesterday afternoon but no charges had been laid at that stage.
He would not be drawn into whether or not charges were expected to be laid.
Mr Foss, an Irishman who was well known for his motorised-bike business, Fosscati Motorised Bicycles, and well loved for his sense of humour, was returning from a rescue at Brunswick Heads on Tuesday morning where he was an active volunteer with Marine Rescue NSW.
He had just helped save four people whose rigid inflatable boat had capsized while attempting to cross the Brunswick River bar about 7.45am.
All four passengers of the craft were rescued without injury.
Mr Foss was riding one of his personally-designed motorised bikes at the time he was run down.
The driver of the van allegedly fled the scene without stopping sparking a police hunt for a white square-type van with a dirty appearance, which was reported to be "blowing a lot of white smoke".
A passing surf lifesaver stopped at the accident scene and rendered assistance and first-aid to Mr Foss until paramedics arrived.
He was transported to Mullumbimby Hospital by ambulance. However, doctors and other medical staff were unable to revive him and he died shortly after reaching the hospital.
Police officers attached to the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit established a crime scene at the crash site and detectives from the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command launched an investigation.
Prior to the arrest, police said a report on the crash would be prepared for the coroner.
Mr Foss was a popular local identity who was also known as Giacomo Fosscati - a non de plume he used for his motorised bicycle business that was renowned for its customised designs.
Insp Jago said the investigation was ongoing and urged anyone with information about the accident to contact Byron Bay Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.