John Foss died from serious head injuries after being struck by a van.
John Foss died from serious head injuries after being struck by a van.

Hit-and-run driver refused bail

UPDATE: THE man accused of running down 60-year-old cyclist, John Foss, at Mullumbimby on Tuesday was refused bail in the Lismore Local Court this morning.

James Andrew Mitchell, 53 of Nashua, did not apply for bail which was formally refused by registrar Mark Bromhead.

Mitchell was charged with murder and dangerous driving occasioning death yesterday afternoon after being arrested near Clunes earlier that morning.

Mr Foss was riding his motorised bicycle on Coolamon Scenic Drive about 10.30am on Tuesday when he was allegedly struck from behind by a white van.

The driver of the van allegedly failed to stop at the scene.

The cyclist was found by a passing surf lifesaver who rendered initial first aid.

Mr Foss was taken by ambulance to Mullumbimby Hospital where he died at short time later.

Tweed-Byron Local Area Command duty officer, Inspector Greg Jago, confirmed that the two men knew each other.

"We are aware that both parties knew each other prior to the incident and apparently there was some animosity between them," he told Fairfax Radio.

Police arrested Mitchell on Wednesday morning at a house in Nashua, where they also seized a white Toyota HiAce van for examination.

 

From earlier this morning:

THE driver of the vehicle that allegedly ran down Ocean Shores cyclist John Foss at Mullumbimby on Tuesday is facing Lismore Court this morning charged with murder.

Mr Foss, 60, was riding his motorised bicycle south along Coolamon Scenic Drive when he was allegedly hit from behind by a white van.

The van driver allegedly failed to stop at the scene and Mr Foss was found by a passing surf life saver who performed first aid. The injured man was taken to Mullumbimby Hospital where he died.

Detectives from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command and officers from the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit attended the scene and commenced investigations into the incident.

Acting on a tip off police attended a house in Nashua where they arrested a 53-year-old man and seized his white Toyota Hiace van for examination.

The man was taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with murder and dangerous driving occasioning death. He was refused bail to appear before Lismore Local Court this morning.

Police yesterday thanked members of the public for their assistance, however, would still like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to police.

Anyone with information that could assist police with their inquiries is asked to contact Byron Bay Police or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000


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