NSW teen dies in Bali scooter crash

A picture of Lochie Connaughton posted by friends on Facebook.

Sophie Aubrey, AAPNews Corp Australia Network

TRIBUTES are flowing for a 16-year-old Australian boy who died in Bali after crashing a scooter inside the basement of a hotel, local police say.

Lochie Connaughton from Orange, NSW, was holidaying with his parents in Kuta when he lost control of a scooter and drove into a concrete separator while driving out of the basement of the Marriot’s Stone Hotel about 10pm on Thursday.

“Hotel security found the victim lying face up. (His) nose was bleeding but there were no other wounds found to his body,” Kuta police station chief Wayan Sumara said.

“At that time, the victim was still conscious even though he was weak.” As he was being rushed to a nearby hospital, the teenager vomited blood several times.

“He received treatment, but then his life could not be saved.”

Lochie’s parents are believed to be accompanying his body on a flight to Sydney from Denpasar on Saturday night.

There has been an outpouring of grief from devastated friends and relatives on social media mourning the loss of the popular Orange High School student.

Lochie Connaughton, back right, pictured with his family. Picture: GoFundMe

Lochie Connaughton, back right, pictured with his family. Picture: GoFundMeSource:Supplied

A GoFundMe page has been set up by family friend Billy Greatbatch to raise money in support of Lochie’s parents. More than $51,000 has so far been donated.

“Please dig deep and help this incredible family,” Mr Greatbatch wrote.

“$1 or $500 will make a huge difference. Lochie has played a big part in many peoples lives. All the funds will be used in helping the family return Lochie home and any expenses that may arise.”

Dillan Trjkovic wrote on Facebook: “Even if you didn’t know it yourself you always went to the extent to make people happy or laugh, if only you were here to see how many people love and care for you.”

Loved ones gathered to remember Lochie. Picture: Facebook

Loved ones gathered to remember Lochie. Picture: FacebookSource:Supplied

Another, Sarah Taylor commented: “Your smile will never be forgotten ... You were an amazing person.”

Kuta police said Lochie and his friends were spotted by hotel staff walking from the lobby to the basement on the night of the accident.

He got on the scooter there but it is believed his friends were not on the bike when the accident occurred.

It is understood that he was wearing a helmet and was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been contacted for comment.

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