Pregnant woman and partner killed in car crash identified

Brianne Tolj
·2-min read

A pregnant woman and her long-time partner who were killed in an ā€œabsolutely horribleā€ Queensland car crash last night have been identified.

Kate Leadbetter, 31, was six months pregnant and looking forward to starting her family with 37-year-old Matty Field.

Ms Leadbetterā€™s sister Kimberley confirmed their deaths on Facebook on Wednesday.

She also urged community members to keep an eye out for their dog Frankie, who they were walking at the time of the incident around 5.30pm on Australia Day.

Kate Leadbetter, 31, and 37-year-old Matty Field posing in front of their Christmas tree. Source: Facebook
Kate Leadbetter, 31, was six months pregnant and looking forward to starting her family with 37-year-old Matty Field. Source: Facebook

It has been reported that Frankie, who has a disease that requires daily medication, has since been found after a wide search, according to 7News.

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were crossing a road in Alexandra Hills, about 23 kilometres from Brisbaneā€™s CBD, on Tuesday when they were hit by a rolling car.

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

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field.
Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were crossing a road in Alexandra Hills, about 23 kilometres from Brisbaneā€™s CBD, on Tuesday when they were hit by a rolling car. Source: Facebook

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

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police allege the 17-year-old boy fled the scene after the crash and stole a set of keys from a home and attempted to start a car in the garage.

He then fled on foot when he was approached by one of the residents of the house, police said in a statement.

The boy was arrested and taken to hospital for minor injuries.

Queensland Acting Chief Superintendent Chris Stream described the crash as ā€œabsolutely horribleā€ on the Today Show on Wednesday morning.

A Toyota Landcruiser on a tow truck in Alexandra Hills.
The Toyota Landcruiser was allegedly stolen before the crash. Source: Nine News

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