A MAN has died from horrific head injuries after falling out of the tray of a moving ute and onto a road in northern NSW.
Police said the Holden ute was loaded with timber and travelling along Mungo Brush Road in Mungo Brush, between Newcastle and Port Macquarie, on the NSW North Coast around 11pm on Saturday.
Investigators have been told while the ute was moving, a 20-year-old male passenger of the ute got into the back tray to hold the timber.
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Unbeknown to the driver of the ute, who police allege was drunk, the man had fallen out of the tray and onto the road.
Police said the driver of the ute became concerned after not hearing from the man for a period of time. He pulled over a short distance away and noticed his passenger was gone.
The 20-year-old man was found by a passerby on the roadside with horrific head injuries.
Police said the passersby attempted to perform CPR on the man, however, he could not be saved.
Sadly, the young man died at the scene.
The 29-year-old man who was driving the ute was drunk, police said.
He was arrested and has since been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death – driving under the influence, driving in a dangerous manner occasioning death, negligent driving causing death and mid range PCA.
The man’s licence was also suspended.
He was granted conditional bail to appear before Raymond Terrace Local Court on Monday 7 November.