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Young rider killed in overnight crash

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A 23-year-old male rider has died after his motorcycle left the road and hit a tree in Coffs Harbour overnight.

Police say emergency services were called to Donn-Patterson Drive, near Bonalbo Close, about 1.30am (Thursday 8 August 2019).

“The rider was treated at the scene before being taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital, where he later died,” police say.

“He is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be a 23-year-old man.”

Our sincere condolences to the young man’s family and friends.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District attended and established a crime scene, which has been examined by specialist forensic police.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash has commenced and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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This is the fourth death of a male rider in his 20s in overnight crashes in NSW and Queensland over the past three weeks.

While the Coroner is yet to investigate the matter, we cannot pass judgment on what happened.

There could be a number of reasons for the crash, but night riding is particularly dangerous and has its own set of hazards.

It;’s not only dangerous in the country, but also suburbia where this crash happened.

At night there can be wildlife and stray pets on the road that are difficult to see until too late.

Drunk pedestrians and drivers could also have been involved.

We have put together 10 safe tips for riding at night and hazards to look out for.

Click here to read our tips on how to be a safe night rider.