Investigations continue in death of cyclist

A motor vehicle accident on the Pacific Motorway involving a cyclist near Tamarind Drive at Ballina.
A motor vehicle accident on the Pacific Motorway involving a cyclist near Tamarind Drive at Ballina. Marc Stapelberg

UPDATE Nov 24 6.20PM: POLICE are urging anyone with information in relation to the death of a cyclist  following a crash in Ballina yesterday, to come forward.

About 9.20am (Wednesday 23 November 2016), emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway at Ballina, near the Tamarind Drive overpass, following reports of a crash.

Initial investigations suggest a Mitsubishi Outlander and a cyclist, both travelling north on the Pacific Highway, collided.

As a result of the collision, the rider of the bicycle, a 59-year-old man, died at the scene.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, an 81-year-old man, was taken to Ballina Hospital for mandatory blood and urine analysis.

A crime scene was established and investigations are continuing.

If anyone has information in relation to this incident please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. 

UPDATE 2.30pm: THE family of a cyclist who died in a car collision this morning have been given the tragic news, Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Cameron Lindsay, said. 

"We know the gentleman in his 60s was riding his bike along the freeway," he said.

"At around 9.20am (he was) hit by a car about five kilometres north of Ballina." 

The man suffered a cardiac arrest and paramedics, as well as Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew members, attempted to treat him.

He unfortunately died at the scene.


UPDATE 11.40am: POLICE have confirmed the crash at Tintenbar was a fatality.

They will be addressing media this afternoon on road safety issues in the area.

Lanes have now reopened in both directions on the Pacific Hwy.

Live Traffic NSW has reported one of the two northbound lanes are still closed. 


UPDATE 11am: DIVERSIONS are in place while the Pacific Highway is closed.

Southbound traffic to travel on the Hinterland Way, Ross Lane, Coast Road and return to the Pacific Highway.

Northbound traffic to travel  on Tamarind Drive (old Pacific Highway


UPDATE 10am: A WESTPAC Life Saver Helicopter has landed on the Pacific Highway to assist a male patient involved in a collision between a car and cyclist.

The man has gone into cardiac arrest.

Helicopter crews and paramedics are treating him on scene.

The collision occurred near the Tintenbar exit at Ballina. 


The scene of a crash on the Pacific Highway near Tintenbar.
The scene of a crash on the Pacific Highway near Tintenbar. Marc Stapelberg

WEDNESDAY 9.45am: A PERSON has gone into cardiac arrest after a car and cyclist have collided on the Pacific Highway at Ballina.

Paramedics were called about 9.15am and are treating him on scene.

Live Traffic are reporting the incident at Tamarind Drive, on the Pacific Highway at Tintenbar.

The highway is closed in both directions with detours in place.

Emergency services are on the scene including RMS and the Westpac Surf Life Saving Rescue Helicopter.

More details as they come.

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