Police appeal for information

POLICE have again appealed to any members of the public who witnessed an accident in Byron Bay on New Year’s Eve where a 16-year-old-girl was hit by a car while crossing Ewingsdale Road just after midnight.

The girl, from Bethania in Queensland, remains in a critical condition in an induced coma at the Gold Coast Hospital.

Her parents have been notified.

She reportedly ran out on the road and was hit by a Queensland-registered vehicle about 12.10am on New Year’s Day.

A Queensland man who was driving the car swerved, but was unable to avoid hitting the girl.

He stopped to render assistance and is helping police with their inquiries.

The girl suffered serious head injuries.

She was treated by paramedics at the scene then taken to the Byron Bay Hospital, before being transferred to the Gold Coast Hospital.

Police said there are no suspicious circumstances at this stage, but they still needed to understand what happened.

Northern Region traffic co-ordinator, Senior Sergeant Bill Darnell, said police were still trying to piece the accident together and pleaded with any witnesses, or anyone with any information, to come forward.

Anyone who may have seen the girl prior to the accident could be also of assistance.

The Ballina Crash Investigation Unit is investigating and can be contacted at the Ballina police station on 6681 8699.

The state’s Christmas-New Year holiday road toll rose to 23 on Sunday following the death of a 47-year-old man on Sunday.

He had been injured in the Termeil crash last Monday when a south-bound petrol tanker exploded after crossing on to the wrong side of the Princes Highway north of Batemans Bay.

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