Cyclist's death mystifies police
A CYCLIST found dead on the side of the road at South Ballina on Monday night was riding back from a pay phone where he had called his father to wish him a happy birthday.
The 49-year-old man was found by a park resident about 8.15pm entangled in his bike on the edge of the driveway at the entrance to Seabreeze Holiday Park on South Ballina Beach Road.
Police and ambulance officers responded to a triple-0 call made by the person who found the cyclist, and who conducted resuscitation on the man until emergency services arrived.
However, the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene after further resuscitation attempts by ambulance officers failed.
Police said the man appeared to have no significant injuries.
The man had been a permanent resident at the holiday park for about three years.
Seabreeze Holiday Park manager Glen Wright said the man was ‘one of the better ones’.
“One of our other residents, who was coming home from work, found him and tried to resuscitate him and called the ambulance,” he said.
“He was just riding down to the phone box to call his dad in Casino for his birthday. He had been with us for a few years. Everybody in the park who knew him is very sad.”
Acting Inspector Bernadette Ingram said the incident is not being treated as suspicious.
“We cannot speculate what the cause of death was,” she said. “There is nothing to show the circumstances are suspicious.”
A post mortem examination will be carried out to determine the cause of death and police will prepare a report for the coroner.
Police are appealing for witnesses to assist with the investigation and anyone with information can call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.