Coroner investigating death of local motorist
A CORONIAL investigation will be conducted to determine if the death of 60-year-old Stephen Oxley from Mossman was in relation to an injury suffered in a car accident last month.
Mr Oxley passed away on Sunday and police told the Gazette it was due to a blood clot, but the official cause will be confirmed with the autopsy report, which was conducted yesterday.
On September 26, Mr Oxley was involved in a collision on the Rex Range when his silver Suzuki Swift crashed head-first into a gravel truck.
The truck driver had no injuries but Mr Oxley was flown to Cairns Base Hospital where he underwent surgery.
Police said he had since returned to Mossman hospital and appeared to be recovering.
His condition deteriorated rapidly on the weekend, possibly due to a blood clot in his thigh moving up.
"The death of Stephen Oxley on 16 October 2011 was reported to the northern coroner for investigation,” a spokesperson for the coroner said.
“The coroner is currently awaiting the autopsy report which will provide information about the cause of death.
“The family is being kept informed about the progress of the coronial investigation.”