A teen has been charged with murder after two pedestrians, reportedly including a pregnant woman, were hit and killed by a car in Queensland.
A 31-year-old woman and 37-year-old man were crossing a road in Alexandra Hills, about 23 kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD, on Tuesday when they were hit by a rolling car just before 5.30pm.
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.
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.
They both died at the scene and the woman was widely reported to be six months pregnant, however police did not confirm that detail when contacted by Yahoo News Australia.
Their dog also went missing following the horrific crash, with a post circulating on social media saying she ran from the scene and required urgent medial attention.
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.
Police describe ‘absolutely horrible’ scene
Queensland Acting Chief Superintendent Chris Stream told the Today show on Wednesday morning the tragedy was “absolutely horrible”.
“Our thoughts are with their friends and family and in fact, even the local community where the accident occurred,” he said.
“Something that we know was absolutely avoidable and is a horrible situation.”
He added it was a tough scene for emergency responders and police officers who had to deliver the horrible news to families of the victims.
The 17-year-old has been charged with two counts of murder, one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle (adversely affected by an intoxicating substance), two counts or burglary and one count each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and attempted unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
He will appear in Brisbane Children’s Court on Wednesday.
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