Cyclist killed in crash with ute at Byron Bay

UPDATE Thursday: A BYRON Bay cyclist was the sixth life lost on Northern Rivers roads this year when he died after a collision with a car.

Tweed Byron Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Darren Steel said police were called to Ewingsdale Rd at Byron Bay on Tuesday evening after reports a cyclist had been hit by a car.

"At 8.15pm a 66-year-old Byron Bay man was riding his push bike in a westerly direction on Ewingsdale Rd," he said.

"About 50m from the intersection with Sunrise he was struck by a white Holden Rodeo single cab utility that was driven by a 43-year-old Byron Bay man travelling in the same direction.

"As a result of the collision he was thrown onto the bonnet of the utility and impacted with the windscreen before ending up on the road."

Insp Steel said the driver of the ute and passers-by stopped to assist the cyclist, who had suffered critical head injuries.

They conducted CPR until police arrived.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said paramedics arrived and found the man laying on Ewingsdale Rd in a critical condition. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Insp Steel said crime scene officers from Lismore attended the scene and investigations into the incident were ongoing.

"Several witnesses to the crash have been spoken to as well as the driver of the utility."

Any witnesses to the crash who haven't spoken to police are urged to phone Byron Bay Police on 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


ORIGINAL REPORT: A CYCLIST has died after being hit by a car while riding along Ewingsdale Road at Byron Bay.

Police media said the 66-year-old man, believed to be from Byron Bay, was riding west towards Ewingsdale when he was hit by a white Holden Rodeo ute heading in the same direction about 8.15pm last night.

The cyclist suffered severe head injuries in the crash. Passers-by and police tried to provide first aid, but the man died at the scene.

The 43-year-old driver of the Rodeo, also believed to be from Byron Bay, was breath-tested by police and returned a negative result. He has undergone mandatory blood and urine tests.

Police are asking anyone who saw the crash or saw the cyclist or the Holden Rodeo ute in the lead-up to the crash to step forward.

Anyone with information can contact police anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or through the Crime Stoppers website.

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