There’s no end in sight to the road carnage engulfing South Australia as the state records yet another death.
A 65-year-old Mawson Lakes man died on the side of Hanson Rd in Adelaide’s north about 10am on Wednesday in what police investigators believe was a horror truck rollover.
The police believe the man’s semi-trailer had broken down on the stretch of road and while he was trying to fix the problem, the truck rolled and struck him.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and attempted to revive the 65-year-old Mawson Lakes man but he died at the scene
Major Crash investigators are looking into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The man’s death marks the 102nd life lost on South Australian roads this year compared with 61 from the same period in 2022 and comes on the back of a wave of statewide grief following the death of Charlie Stevens, the son of South Australian Police Commissioner Grant Stevens, in an alleged hit-and-run crash on Friday night.
In a letter released publicly on Tuesday morning, Mr Stevens wrote about “101”, his son Charlie, whose death marked the 101st on the state’s roads this year.
“101 arrived on the 28th of April 2005 and changed our lives forever,” he wrote.
“The last of five – he was different. Cheeky, intense and funny – a loveable ratbag from the moment he could talk. He was as frustrating as hell, but he was also the kid who would look after others, befriend the lonely and help those who were struggling.”
Mr Stevens concluded his letter by writing: “Son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin, friends, workmate, teammate. So much more than just a number on a tragic tally.”
And the tally could rise even further after a two-vehicle crash at Daveyston on Tuesday night.
A motorcycle rider is now fighting for life at Royal Adelaide Hospital after the crash on the Sturt Highway about 11pm.
Paramedics flew the 37-year-old Nuriootpa man to hospital after he suffered serious injuries in a collision with a Mazda.
The driver of the Mazda sedan was not physically injured and is assisting police with the investigation.