‘Hillbilly’ Evans was an all-round good bloke

Craig “Hillbilly” Evans, a “likeable larrikin”.
Craig “Hillbilly” Evans, a “likeable larrikin”. Contributed

CRAIG "Hillbilly" Evans has been remembered as a larrikin and an all-round good bloke.

A man who had a reputation as a hardworking bushy, Mr Evans was killed in a car crash in his home town of Clermont on Monday night.

This week, regulars at the town's Commercial Hotel shared a drink for Mr Evans.

Bar staff said they remembered Mr Evans as a kind man and a "larrikin".

Longtime friend David Martin said Mr Evans was well liked by the residents of Clermont.

"He was a smart man and a good bloke," Mr Martin said.

"He never caused any trouble."

Mr Martin said Mr Evans' nickname "Hillbilly" came from the amount of time he used to spend in the bush.

"He worked in the bush all the time... he did cattle work and horse work," he said.

Mr Evans, aged in his 50s, died in a single-vehicle crash about 5.30pm on Monday on Laglans Rd.

A 42-year-old man who was also in the car was transported to Clermont Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Police have said poor weather was a factor in the crash.

Mr Martin said he was still coming to terms with the death of his friend.

"I sort of haven't taken it in yet, it takes a bit of time," he said.

"I'll be going to his funeral."

In 2010, Mr Evans' 79-year-old father disappeared from a property near Tieri and has not been seen since.

So far this year, six people have died on roads in the region from St Lawrence to Bowen and west to Clermont.

Topics:  car crash clermont police

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