Police charge man over fatal crash at Tweed Heads

A man has been charged over a crash that killed a man in Tweed Heads last night.

About 11.30pm (Tuesday 4 August 2020), a 30-year-old man was driving a Mazda 3 north on the Pacific Highway, near Kennedy Drive, when he allegedly crashed the car into the back of a Kia hatchback.

Police will allege that the driver was travelling more than 170km/h in a sign posted 100km/h zone at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Kia, a 47-year-old man, died at the scene.

The driver of the Mazda and his passenger, a 19-year-old man, allegedly left the crash site prior to the arrival of emergency services.

A short time later, police found the pair on nearby Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads, and arrested the men.

The driver was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station before being transferred to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and mandatory testing.

The passenger was taken to Gold Coast Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers from the Far North Coast Crash Investigation Unit commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, about 3pm today (Wednesday 5 August 2020), investigators charged the Mazda driver at Tweed Heads Hospital with a number of offences, including:

• Aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death – speed 45 over limit

• Dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous

• Fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death

• Licence expired 2 years or more before – first offence

• Class A motor vehicle exceed speed > 45 km/h

• Negligent driving (occasioning death)

The man is under police guard in hospital, where a bedside hearing will take place sometime tomorrow (Thursday 6 August 2020).

Inquiries continue.

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