Coro­ner in­ves­ti­gat­ing death of lo­cal mo­torist

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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