Two motorcyclists lost their lives on local roads in separate incidents at the weekend.
Both riders were supporting the annual Snowy Mountains charity event Snowy Ride, which raised over a quarter of a million dollars for the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation.
A third rider, a north Nowra man aged 57, died during the ride on Saturday when he swerved to miss foxes near Cooma.
Wollongong woman Tracey Chesher, 37, was reported missing on Friday afternoon after failing to arrive in Bombala.
The last in her convoy of eight, Ms Chesher left Wyndham for Bombala at 2.30pm on Friday.
Three kilometres into the 51km trip, she lost control of her bike and left the road at a sharp left hand bend called Curley’s Corner at the base of Mount Darragh.
Bega inspector Jason Edmunds said Ms Chesher’s absence was noted when the group reached Bombala.
“They went back to Wyndham looking for her and then returned to Bombala before phoning police at 6.30pm,” he said.
In an area of poor mobile phone reception, police attempts to locate the woman via her mobile phone were unsuccessful as was a ground search before light faded on Friday evening.
Eden Police discovered Ms Chesher’s body at 7.50am Saturday.
“A report is being prepared for the coroner but it is believed she has gone over the embankment and suffered fatal injuries,” Inspector Edmunds said.
Attempts to resuscitate Victorian man Garry Disher, age 67, were unsuccessful after he lost control of his bike and collided heavily with a tree near the intersection of Broadwater Road and Nethercote Road on Sunday morning at 11.50am.
Some of Mr Disher’s 13 travelling companions witnessed the accident and immediately called 000.
Mr Disher had been travelling with a group of 13 who had headed south to Genoa after the Snowy Ride.
Bega inspector Jason Edmunds said Eden police arrived quickly on the scene and performed CPR on Mr Disher until paramedics arrived.
“Unfortunately they were unsuccessful in their attempts to revive him,” he said.
“Police inquiries are continuing.”
Police are awaiting the results of a post-mortem but have ruled out weather as a contributing factor to the accident.