WHEN Graham Walker and his son Luke were confronted by a tree blocking the path to their Goolmangar Creek fishing hole on Sunday, they never expected to find it was caused by a fatal car crash.
The Coffee Camp resident said he just assumed a tree had come down, blocking the path.
"Once we got closer we saw there was a car upside down," he said.
The father and son had stumbled across a 57-year-old Lismore man who had rolled his silver Ford Falcon sedan in a crash, possibly on Saturday night.
Mr Walker said while his son stayed back, he scrambled through the bush to see if anybody was in the car.
"There were no doors or anything open and the roof was pretty squashed, so I felt like I should see if anybody was inside it," he said.
"That's when I saw a hand hanging out the window."
Noticing there was no signs of movement, Mr Walker said he called out but got no response except from a nearby dog.
"It looked like a dingo-cross and it appeared to have an injured front foot."
Mr Walker said he and his son went straight home and called 000.
"Just knowing that there was a person stuck down there, and not knowing how long he was there for, and if he was still alive, wasn't very nice," he said.
Mr Walker said they didn't hear the crash, which occurred on a bend about 1km south of Coffee Camp Public School.
Several cars have come unstuck on the same bend over the past few years, Mr Walker said, but this was the first fatality.
Investigators believe the car was travelling south along Nimbin Rd on Saturday when it left the road, became airborne, struck a tree and overturned.
The dog was treated by a vet.
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