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.
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