About 6.20pm last night police were called to Mafeking Road, Goonengerry after a silver Commodore station wagon left the roadway and impacted heavily with some trees. The 42 year old driver of that vehicle sustained some significant injuries to head and upper body Detective Chief Inspector Matt Kehoe who is Officer in Charge at the Byron Bay Police Station told The Echo.
Police from Mullumbimby, Byron Bay, the NSW volunteer Rescue Association and the Rural Fire Service attended the scene.
‘The driver was stabilised at the site and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to take him from the scene,’ said Detective Kehoe.
‘He was flown to Gold Coast University Hospital where he remains in a serious condition with internal injuries and head injuries.
‘Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the accident but believe that speed, drugs, and alcohol were all involved,’ he said.
If anyone has any dashcam footage in or around repentance creek or Goonengerry from about 6.20pm yesterday please contact the Byron Bay police Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.
‘It is important to remind people that taking drugs and alcohol and driving are a bad combination,’ said Detective Kehoe.
‘Police will be out in force over this busy summer period.’