Man charged over alleged hit and run which killed popular footballer

A MAN has handed himself into police over an alleged hit-and-run which killed a popular young footballer near Mullumbimby almost two months ago.

The body of 22-year-old Tim Watkins was found on the side of Wilsons Creek Road by a passing motorist around 1.00am on Sunday June 23.

His push-bike was also found nearby.


An investigation determined it was likely the young man, who was well-loved within the community and an active member of the Mullumbimby Leagues Club, likely died after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bike.

Following a public appeal, a 51-year-old man from Wilsons Creek handed himself into officers at Coffs Harbour Police Station on Tuesday.

He was arrested and charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death, and fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death.

The man was refused bail to face Coffs Harbour Local Court today.

Police have since executed a search warrant at a home in Bellingen, where they seized a vehicle, mobile phone and car parts for forensic examination.

Detective Chief Inspector Brendon Cullen thanked the community for their assistance during the investigation.

“I know the death of this young man has had a significant impact on his family and the local community,” Det Ch Insp Cullen said.

“Tweed/Byron detectives have worked extremely hard on this case and have received and processed a great deal of information throughout the investigation.

“As a consequence, we now have a man to face court on very serious charges, and I thank everyone involved for their support and assistance,” Det Ch Insp Cullen said.