April 1, 2024

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Introduction
Cooranbong, a suburb in the City of Lake Macquarie, NSW, faces a somber reality after a quad bike accident on a fire trail led to a fatal outcome for a 35-year-old passenger and critical injuries for the 30-year-old driver, highlighting the potential risks associated with off-road vehicle use.

Incident Overview
The accident occurred just before 7 pm on Easter Sunday, when two men on a quad bike encountered a disastrous crash on Crown land. Despite immediate medical attention, the passenger succumbed to his injuries at the scene, while the driver was rushed to John Hunter Hospital in a critical state.

Emergency Response and Investigation
Lake Macquarie Police District officers, alongside specialists from the Crash Investigation Unit, promptly responded to the incident, establishing a crime scene for meticulous examination. The ongoing investigation aims to unravel the sequence of events leading to this tragic incident.

Community Impact and Safety Message
This tragic event has undoubtedly left a profound impact on the Cooranbong community and serves as a stark reminder of the inherent dangers associated with quad biking, especially on unpredictable terrain. It underscores the importance of safety measures and proper handling to prevent such unfortunate occurrences.

Conclusion
As the community mourns and the survivor battles critical injuries, the focus remains on understanding the factors that contributed to the crash and on reinforcing the message of vigilance and safety in quad bike usage. The forthcoming report for the coroner is anticipated to provide further insights, contributing to enhanced safety protocols for off-road vehicle enthusiasts.