ONE man is dead and another has been charged with dangerous driving after the 20-year-old fell from the back of a utility at Mungo Brush, north of Hawks Nest.
Police said the Holden ute was carrying timber in the tray as it travelled along Mungo Brush Road about 11pm on Saturday.
“Police have been told while the ute was driving, a 20-year-old man who was the passenger, got into the tray to hold the timber,’’ a police statement said.
“After a period of time, the driver became concerned as he had not heard from the man so he stopped the ute but the passenger was gone.’’
The passenger was found by a passerby on the roadside with severe head injuries.
Despite attempting CPR, the man died at the scene.
Newcastle crash investigation unit and Port Stephens police commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The driver, a 29-year-old man, was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine test.
He has now been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death - driving under the influence, driving in a dangerous manner occasioning death, negligent driving causing death and mid-range PCA.
The man’s licence was suspended and he was given conditional bail to appear before Raymond Terrace Local Court on November 7.
It is understood both men are from the Singleton area and were camping at the popular holiday spot.