Murder charge over fatal Townsville crash

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A man has been charged with murder over a crash that killed a young woman riding her motorbike near Townsville.

Jennifer Board, 22, died at Thuringowa on Friday night after she was hit by a Holden Statesman, which had allegedly been following a stolen Hyundai sedan during a suspected vigilante pursuit.

A 25-year-old Bushland Beach man was allegedly driving the Holden and he was arrested and charged with murder on Monday, police said.

Two 18-year-old men, from Rasmussen and Garbutt, have also been charged over the fatal crash.

The Rasmussen man faces charges of stealing, attempted burglary and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

The Garbutt man is charged with burglary and stealing, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, attempted burglary and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

All three men are due to face Townsville Magistrates Court on Tuesday after they were arrested separately on Monday.

"Ever since Friday night, our police have been relentless in pursuing to track these offenders down," Assistant Commissioner Brett Schafferius said.

A 17-year-old girl who was allegedly a passenger in the Hyundai has also been charged with five counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count of stealing.

A new taskforce has been established in the North Queensland city which focuses on what police describe as a "small cohort of repeat offenders who continue to show disregard for the law and the community".

Meanwhile the state opposition continues to focus its criticism of the youth justice system on breach of bail laws.