UPDATE 8:00 PM | POLICE are tonight still searching for a driver who left the scene of a fatal crash that killed their passenger on the NSW Mid North Coast.
A passerby called triple zero after finding the white older model Holden Commodore wrapped around a tree on Wootton Way at Bulahdelah around 6am on Sunday.
It’s understood the vehicle was travelling south along the winding, mountainous road when the driver lost control on a bend and the sedan smashed side-in into the tree, with the front passenger seat taking the full impact.
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The recommended speed limit for the bend where the crash occurred is 75km/h.
It’s understood a passing motorist returning home from work drove upon the horrific scene.
Sadly, a passenger described only by police as a “man in his 20s to 30s” was found deceased in the wreckage.
The driver, however, was nowhere to be seen and tonight remains missing.
It is not known if the driver intentionally fled the scene out of fear of being arrested, or left in search for help and become lost in the thick, mountainous bush.
Police are still trying to work out exactly what time the crash occurred.
Speaking to NBN News at the scene on Sunday morning, Inspector Alan Fidock said the car collided “heavily” with the tree “sometime during the night”.
Anyone with any information that could assist police in locating the driver is urged to come forward.
Anyone who witnessed the moments leading up to the crash or may have dash cam vision of the incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A passenger has been left dead or dying on the side of a road at Bulahdelah, north of Newcastle, following a car crash. pic.twitter.com/H3fWaUt8Zu
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EARLIER at 10:30 AM | A MAN has been killed after the Holden Commodore he was in slammed into a tree on the NSW Mid North Coast.
A passerby called triple zero after noticing the vehicle wrapped around a tree on Wootton Way at Bulahdelah around six o’clock on Sunday morning.
Sadly, police said a male passenger died at the scene. The man, described by police as being aged in his “20s to 30s”, is yet to be identified.
A crime scene has been established and is being examined by the Newcastle and Kempsey Crash Investigation Unit.
The road remains closed with traffic diversions in place. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.