Police seek second car – a silver sedan involved in fatal Wardell crash in February

Police are appealing for information about a fatal crash near Wardell in February.

At about  5.45am on Saturday, February 24, emergency services were called to Back Channel Road, Wardell.

On arrival, police found a blue Mazda BT50 utility had left the roadway and crashed.

The male driver and three passengers – two men and a woman – died at the scene.

A homicide investigation was launched and police addressed media today, Tuesday, May 14 to urge anyone with information to come forward.

All occupants of the Mazda died at the scene and have been identified as driver Mark Dodds, 36, and passengers Sophie-Lee Fullagar, 33, Benjamin Watego, 50, and James Doherty, 42.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives determined a second car is believed to have been involved in the incident.

Richmond Police District Commander Superintendent Scott Tanner said investigators need those in the second car to come forward.

“Information provided to police indicates that the vehicle involved is an early 2000s-model silver Toyota Corolla sedan bearing stolen number plates,” Superintendent Tanner said.

“We believe the occupants of that vehicle would have information crucial to this investigation, and it is essential that they come forward and speak with detectives.

“I appeal for those in that car to contact Lismore Police or Crime Stoppers, and callers can remain anonymous if they wish.

“My detectives are working to provide answers for the grieving families of these people, and we know there will be people in our community that have information which will assist investigators.”

Anyone able to identify the occupants of the Toyota Corolla is urged to contact Lismore Detectives on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information on NSW Police social media pages.

The information in this report was provided by NSW Police.

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