Driver dies after swerving to avoid kangaroo

A MAN has tragically died after the ute he was driving rolled when he swerved to avoid hitting a kangaroo in NSW.

The 39-year-old was ejected from his Toyota Hilux when it left the road and rolled about 10km south of the small town of Bingara, in the state’s north, sometime between 6pm and 10pm on Monday night.

In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, police said it appeared the man swerved to avoid a kangaroo on the road before losing control of his vehicle and crashing into a grassed culvert.


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Speaking to the Northern Daily Leader, New England Inspector Chris McKinnon said the man was not wearing a seatbelt and because of this was thrown from the vehicle when it rolled.

The driver was located deceased a short distance away and a dead kangaroo was found nearby, police said.

It wasn’t until the man’s partner raised the alarm and contacted a friend about 10pm that his body was found.

Police said the friend retraced the man’s steps and found his crashed Hilux in a paddock off Fossickers Way.

Investigations are continuing and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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