Police appeal for witnesses after 11 deaths in three days on Queensland roads

«There are guidelines and directions on a national level for what is defined as a fatality,» road policing command Superintendent Dave Johnson said.

«There is a further investigation involving the positioning of the vehicle, why it was on the road at the time, where it was and what other circumstances are known to police in relation to that matter.»

At the same time last year, a day before Fatality Free Friday, the road toll was sitting at 93 deaths. In total, 245 people lost their lives on Queensland roads in 2018 and more than 5500 were seriously injured.

Superintendent Johnson said several lives were lost this week due to «decisions and choices that drivers make on our roads».

He said the fatal five — distraction, speeding, drink and drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt and driving while tired — remained «too prominent» and the speed of some drivers was «alarming».

In the most recent incident, an infant died after being hit by a car at a business in Chinchilla, almost 300 kilometres north-west of Brisbane, about 11am on Thursday.

Initial information suggested the incident occurred on private property, indicating the death would not be counted in the state’s road toll figure.

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An 86-year-old far-north Queensland man died after the sedan he was driving drifted onto the opposite side of the road and hit an oncoming truck, according to police.

The crash happened on Gordonvale Atherton Road at Lake Eacham, 66 kilometres south-west of Cairns, about 6.30pm on Wednesday.

The same day, a Mazda sedan allegedly stolen from a shopping centre by joyriding teenagers ran a red light before a fatal accident north of Brisbane on Wednesday, according to police.

A 14-year-old boy in the Mazda’s front passenger seat died, while the 14-year-old boy allegedly behind the wheel and a young girl in the back seat were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

At least one of the people in the Mazda was trapped in the wreckage for more than 40 minutes as fire crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to free them.

The driver of the Dodge sedan, a 26-year-old woman, escaped serious injury, as did her four children.

Earlier on Wednesday, a 62-year-old man died after his ute hit a semi-trailer less than 25 kilometres from where Ms McLeod and her four children died in the South Burnett region.

The second accident occurred about midday in Benair, about 235 kilometres north-west of Brisbane, where a female bystander was also hospitalised with shock. The truck driver was uninjured.

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In central Queensland, a 20-year-old man died when his Ford Falcon sedan hit a tree about 3pm on Tuesday along Batchlers Road in Bundaberg.

Police have appealed for witnesses and footage of this incident as well to assist their investigation.

The same day, a 78-year-old Glenmorgan man died in hospital after he swerved to avoid a kangaroo during the night, lost control, hit a tree and was thrown from his vehicle.

The crash happened on a remote road between Glenmorgan and Surat in the Western Downs, 380 kilometres west of Brisbane, about 10.30am on Tuesday.

A GoFundMe page for Ms McLeod and her children’s funerals had raised more than $13,000 in less than two days by Thursday morning.

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«Additional funds will be passed on to Youth in Search, a charity close to Charmaine’s heart,» organiser Katie Harris wrote on the fundraiser.

Family friend Skye Moore described the children as «bubbly», «smart» and always smiling.

«She [Charmaine] was a quiet person and she was so caring; if anything happened she would be the first person to help,» she told Brisbane Times.

«Charmaine adored her children and I never saw her do anything for herself. She would never wear make-up or get her hair or nails done, she spent everything on her kids and they had so much.

«I will always remember her as a dedicated mother and friend. She was really involved with the school and she went to church every weekend, she was just a really kind person.»

Toby Crockford is a breaking news reporter at the Brisbane Times

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Источник: Theage.com.au

Источник: Corruptioner.life

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