Fatal crash sends shockwaves through limousine company

THE families of two men killed in a head-on crash on The Coast Rd at Lennox Head on Saturday morning have requested police not release the names of the deceased.

A white Toyota Camry driven by a 19-year-old Ballina man collided head-on with a white Byron Bay Limousines Ford Fairlane driven by a 58-year-old Brunswick Heads man. The crash happened about 400m north of the Ross Lane turnoff at about 2.30am.

Inspector Doug Conners said police were waiting on results of drug and alcohol testing on both of the men, which should be available late this week.

He said police were also investigating the possibility of speed being a factor.

Byron Bay Limousines director Terry Pitt said the 58-year-old man had been working for the company for between 10 and 15 years.

Mr Pitt said the popular driver's death had sent shockwaves through his family and colleagues.

"I was shocked," he said.

"He was a very well-respected, quiet, gentle person - very professional."

Mr Pitt said the man was a calm, measured person who commanded a great deal of respect from his colleagues.

"He drove taxis, shuttle buses and limousines for the company and had an impeccable driving record.

"We have electronic surveillance in all of the vehicles and at all times during the trip he made the other night he was observing the speed limits to the letter."

Family and friend are grieving his loss.

"He had a wife, daughter and grandchildren who are in a great deal of shock, as we are as well," Mr Pitt said.

Social media has been flooded with tributes to the 19-year-old East Ballina man who was also killed in the crash.

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