A fatal car accident in the far north east of New South Wales has claimed the life of one young man and seen another admitted to hospital.
Police say that the crash occurred on Naughtons Gap Road near the town of Casino at around 08:00 on April 24.
Initial reports indicate that a Ford Falcon sedan was travelling southeast on the roadway when the vehicle failed to negotiate a left-hand bend.
The car then crossed over to the wrong side of the road and collided with a nearby tree before coming to rest.
Emergency services responded promptly to the reported crash, but despite their best efforts, the driver – an 18-year-old man – died at the scene of his injuries.
The only other occupant of the car – a 19-year old man – was sitting in the front passenger seat at the time of the collision.
He managed to escape without life-threatening injuries, being seen to by paramedics at the scene before being transferred to the nearby Lismore Base Hospital for further medical examination and treatment.
Police from the Richmond Local Area Command closed a section of Naughtons Gap Road while emergency services worked.
The closure was kept in effect for four hours while detectives from the Ballina Crash Investigations unit performed forensic examinations of the scene in order to gain a full picture if the conditions leading up to the crash.
Traffic diversions were put in place during this time, with heavy vehicles being forced to detour through Grafton on the Pacific Highway.
While there has been no official word on what may have caused the collision, Richmond Local Area Command crime manager detective inspector Greg Moore told reporters at the Northern Star on April 28 that a number of recent accidents in the region appeared to have a common factor.
Inspector Moore asserted: "It is concerning that our initial enquiries into some of these collisions suggest that excessive speed [was a factor]."
Car accident compensation claims frequently take into account who – if anyone – was at fault in a particular collision when determining the amounts to be made available.
Those victims who were not directly involved in a crash – such as passengers, motorcycle pillions and in some cases pedestrians – may be eligible for payments, as they are not usually considered to be a responsible party.