Benjamin Legg, 19, of Ballina was killed in a head-on crash on The Coast Road at Lennox Head last Saturday.
Benjamin Legg, 19, of Ballina was killed in a head-on crash on The Coast Road at Lennox Head last Saturday. Contributed

Mum reflects on gentle boy killed in Coast Road crash

ONLY son, brother and friend to many.

Benjamin Legg's sudden death has left a massive void in the lives of many people.

The popular 19-year-old was killed in a head-on crash on The Coast Rd at Lennox Head last Saturday morning. Ben, as he was known to friends and family, was born at Lismore Base Hospital on August 20, 1994.

Still struggling to come to terms with her loss, Ben's mother, Georgina Van'tVeld reflected on her son's tragic passing.

"He was always a gentle, quiet, caring and loving boy," she said.

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From the age of three, Ben took a shine to golf; a sport enjoyed by his father Roderic's family.

"He started hitting golf balls in the backyard from the age of three," Ms Van'tVeld said. "He had a little mini golf club made up for him to hit golf balls in the backyard and the paddocks around where we lived at Lennox Head.

"A member of Ballina Golf Club, when he was 15 he won the club junior championships ... he was pretty good at his golf."

After completing primary school at Lennox Head, Ben went to East Ballina's Southern Cross high school.

"Before Ben turned 18 he used to spend a lot of time at home playing his Xbox and talking to his mates playing online," Ms Van'tVeld said.

Like many teenagers, Ben spread his wings when he turned 18.

"Once he turned 18 he started going out and socialising, just doing the normal teenage things with his friends," she said.

"He had a lot of friends from a broad area around Ballina and Lennox Head."

After enrolling in a civil engineering degree at Southern Cross University, Ben gave up study after a few months, and then landed a job with Australian Soil and Concrete Testing.

"Ben was so caring and he loved helping his friends and other people out," Ms Van'tVeld said.

"I have received overwhelming support from family and friends since Ben's death, which has helped me get through all of this.

"I thank family and friends for their support and invite everyone who knew Ben to celebrate his life with us at Ballina Anglican Church on Monday at 10.30am."

Ben is survived by his mother Georgina, father Roderic, and three half-sisters Tanya, Kylie and Haley.

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