SPEED is believed to have been a factor in a fatal crash near The Lagoon south of Bathurst yesterday afternoon.
A 20-year-old Bathurst woman died at the scene after the car she was driving crashed and rolled several times after failing to take a sweeping bend near The Lagoon School of Arts Hall on the O’Connell Road.
Three male passengers in the vehicle all escaped uninjured.
Chifley local area command duty officer Inspector Colin Cracknell last night said police were called to the scene, 250 metres south of the O’Connell Plains Road turn-off, about 3pm.
“The driver of a blue Holden Commodore has lost control of the vehicle on a sweeping left-hand bend,” Inspector Cracknell said.
“The vehicle has left the roadway and rolled a number of times into a paddock.
“The driver was trapped beneath the vehicle.”
A short time later a crime scene was established and the road was closed as officers continued their investigations. The vehicle was heading towards Bathurst at the time of the crash.
Inspector Cracknell said it was too early to say if the driver had been drinking alcohol before the crash, but “there were a number of alcohol containers at the scene”.
He said two of the male passengers were taken from the scene in a police vehicle as they had no other means of transport home.
“They certainly weren’t under arrest and there’s no reason to believe they have done anything wrong,” Inspector Cracknell said.
“Police don’t expect to lay any charges.”
Inspector Cracknell said a police peer support officer was on hand at the scene to offer assistance to police but no officers had needed the service.
Police don’t expect to return to the scene today.
“The scene has been processed and we had specialist forensic police on the scene this afternoon,” Inspector Cracknell said.
“There should be no need for police to revisit the scene any time in the near future unless the coroner requires some reconstruction of the scene. At this stage we don’t anticipate any further interruption to that area of the roadway.”
Inspector Cracknell said officers had so far been unable to identify and speak to any independent witnesses to the crash.
“But if anyone has witnessed the accident, or seen the blue Commodore prior to the accident, we would welcome them contacting us to help us get a better picture of what happened,” he said.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner once a post mortem on the deceased female’s body has been completed.