The family of a Queensland woman killed in a crash have been targeted by cruel fraudsters.
Jennifer Board, 22, was killed in Townsville on Friday when a Holden Statesman, which was chasing a stolen car, crashed into her motorcycle head-on.
Police said the Holden’s occupants were taking part in “vigilante action” and condemned them for their actions.
Superintendent Glen Pointing told reporters on Saturday the Holden “aggressively” pursued the Hyundai.
“The driver of the Statesman has then lost control and the vehicle crossed the centre median strip and collided head-on with a motorcycle travelling in the opposite direction,” Supt Ponting said.
A girl, 17, who police allege was a passenger in the stolen Hyundai has been charged with five counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count of stealing, and will face Townsville Children’s Court on Monday.
Police also arrested an 18-year-old man who was allegedly driving the Hyundai but he is yet to be charged with an offence.
Ms Board’s death has left her family distraught.
Her cousin, John Board, wrote on Facebook a fake fundraising page had been created asking for money.
“I can't believe I actually have to write this, but last night a fake ‘GoFundMe’ was set up to raise funds for Jennifer's funeral expenses,” he said on Sunday morning.
“Our family has not, and will not, be setting up any such type of fundraiser so please do not donate to them.”
The page isn’t a GoFundMe page, but is actually on the GoGetFunding platform.
The page purports to be created by Ms Board’s dad Graham.
However, Graham’s nephew told the Townsville Bulletin Ms Board’s dad was not the one behind the crowdfunding page.
“I just can’t honestly believe that someone would go that low to try and get money off a person’s family who is grieving like that… unbelievable,” he told the paper.
It appears the page has since been taken down.
People on Facebook shared Mr Board’s disgust.
“Wow, what a terrible thing to do,” one woman wrote.
Another woman called it “horrible”.
GoGetFunding has been contacted for comment.
Crash victim ‘wanted to become a police officer’
Ms Board had recently applied to become a member of Queensland Police.
Her friend, Kira Ahyick, wrote on Facebook Ms Board “would have been the greatest police officer”.
“You still had so much left to do,” she wrote.
“I don’t know what my life will look like without you, but I know it will be a little dimmer now that you’re gone.”
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