Rider dies in crash after driver failed to stop

A male rider has died at the scene of a crash involving another motorcycle and a car which failed to stop in the NSW Northern Rivers region today.

NSW Police says the crash occurred at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Tweed Valley Way in Tumbulgum, near Tweed Heads, about 3.20pm (Monday 2 September 2019).

The rider died at the scene and the other male rider was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop.

Police are now searching for a small bright blue hatchback with front-end damage and Queensland registration plates 170 ZCP.

Anyone with information regarding this vehicle should contact Triple Zero or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

Our condolences to the riders’ family and friends and our best wishes to the other rider for a quick and full recovery.

This follows recent reports of a number of hit-and-run crashes involving motorcycles.

In NSW, the requirement for those involved in a crash to remain at the scene until police arrive was dropped in 2014, even if a tow truck is required.

However, the motorists must report the incident to police and remain at the scene if anyone is injured.

If they don’t, police can charge a motorist with failing to stop at the scene of an accident which is considered a serious offence.

Depending on whether someone is injured or killed in the crash, the motorist responsible could face serious charges with up to 10 years in jail.

Police say motorists leaving an accident scene where someone is injured decrease a victim’s chance of survival.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

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