Police to decide driver's fate

THE driver of a car that crashed and killed Byron Bay man Ben Donohoe earlier this year is still under investigation.

In July, the 26-year-old driver and two passengers – 20-year-old Ben and a 24-year-old man – were travelling south on Bangalow Road when their car failed to negotiate a left-hand turn and crashed into a tree.

Ben died as a result of the accident and the driver and passenger were taken to Tweed Heads Hospital.

Acting Superintendent in charge of the Tweed/Byron Local Area Commander, Owen King, said investigations into the accident were continuing. “Investigations are continuing and we are waiting on toxicology results,” he said.

The driver, also from Byron Bay, has since been discharged from hospital.

Almost 500 people attended the funeral of well-known and much-loved Ben, held at his football team’s ground, Red Devil Park in Byron Bay.

The former Byron Bay High School student had recently moved to the Gold Coast where he was attending university.

Ben is one of a number of young people killed in road accidents on Byron Shire roads this year.

This month, Jarah Blackett, 23, Byron Nicholson, 22, and Todd Hepner, 25, were killed while attempting to cross the Pacific Highway at a notorious black spot, the Woodford Lane junction at Ewingsdale.



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