A 29-year-old Italian woman has been charged over an accident at Ballina on Friday afternoon in which a 47-year-old female motorcyclist was seriously injured.
Police say that around 1.45pm (Friday), emergency services were called to Shelly Beach, East Ballina, following reports of a crash between a northbound van and a southbound motorcycle.
The motorcycle rider was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital by the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter in a critical condition with numerous serious injuries.
The driver of the van was not injured and was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.
She was subsequently arrested and taken to Ballina police station where she was charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
She was granted conditional bail to appear at Ballina Local Court on February 9.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 00.