Heartbreaking new detail emerges after devastating crash deaths

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

The family of a Brisbane couple killed in a car crash who were due to have a child have shared their heartbreak.

Kate Leadbetter, 31, was six months pregnant and looking forward to starting her family with 37-year-old Matty Field when they were both killed in a crash at Alexandra Hills on Tuesday about 5.30pm.

Police allege a Landcruiser 4WD was stolen from a home in Cleveland between 4 and 5pm, with the 17-year-old driver accused of deliberately colliding with a silver Hyundai at a nearby intersection before speeding away.

Brisbane couple Kate Leadbetter, 31, and Matthew Field, 37, are pictured.
Kate Leadbetter, 31, and Matthew Field, 37, were killed while walking their dogs on Australia Day. Source: AAP

The driver then allegedly ran a red light while travelling on Finucane Road and crashed into a tow truck before rolling and hitting the two pedestrians.

He has been charged with murder.

On Friday, a father of one of the victims, flanked with other members of the family, was brought to tears as he told the media the “shock and grief has been overwhelming”.

He added losing Ms Leadbetter and her partner “in such a senseless and sudden way is beyond our comprehension”.

Members of the Leadbetter and Field families are pictured.
Members of the Leadbetter and Field families have expressed their heartbreak the parents to be are gone. Source: 10 News

“We are grief-stricken that they never got to experience the birth of their baby boy who we discovered in recent weeks was to be named Miles,” he said.

“There is a nursery created by Kate and Matt with joy and love and anticipation that our little grandson Miles will never occupy.”

He called the couple “truly great human beings” who were “at the happiest point in their lives about to embark on the thrilling adventure of parenthood”.

“We were so looking forward to sharing that adventure with them,” he said through tears.

“Kate, Matt and little Miles we love you. We miss you.

“We are forever heartbroken.”

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