Teen killed in horror crash
A 17-year-old girl has been identified as one of three people killed in a horror crash north of Brisbane.
Oakhurst’s Kelsie Davies died in the crash involving a stolen vehicle, allegedly being driven by a 13-year-old Bundaberg boy, according to the Courier Mail.
The Mercedes Benz crashed into the back of the Holden she was a passenger in.
The driver of the Holden, 29-year-old Maryborough woman, also died at the scene, as did the driver and sole occupant of the Mazda, a 52-year-old Torquay woman.
The boy who was allegedly behind the wheel of a stolen car involved in the crash is facing serious charges.
Emergency crews were called to Saltwater Creek Road near Sydney Street after an allegedly stolen Mercedes-Benz while travelling south allegedly collided with the rear of a Holden about 10.45pm on Sunday.
The Holden then collided with a Mazda headed towards Hervey Bay.
A second passenger in the Holden, a 23-year-old Tinana woman was flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.
The alleged driver of the Mercedes-Benz, a 13-year-old Bundaberg boy, sustained minor injuries to his foot.
Acting Superintendent Brad Inskip said the boy has been charged with three counts of dangerous operation of motor vehicle causing death and one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
Police are investigating whether a passenger from the Mercedes-Benz fled the scene.
They further allege that same car was stolen from a Maryborough address the prior evening.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Assistant Police Commissioner Brian Connors said the tragedy was made more severe as the victims were known to members of the community and even first responders.
One victim was a nurse at the Maryborough hospital who had finished her shift in the evening.
The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service posted on social media about the shock passing of one of its own.
“The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service team was absolutely devastated to learn of the death of a respected Maryborough Hospital staff member in a tragic road crash over the weekend,” the post read.
“Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and loved ones, as well as the first responders who have been affected.
“We understand what an enormous impact this loss will have on our tight-knit Wide Bay HHS community, and we encourage our staff and colleagues to seek support during this difficult time.”
Commissioner Connors said the critically-injured woman was related to the police family through local members in Hervey Bay.
“This is a challenging time for the community and a tragic set of circumstances,” Commissioner Connors said.
The circumstances of the alleged theft of the vehicle is under investigation.
Commissioner Connors said there was no pursuit at the time of the vehicle crashing.
He asked for people with dashcam footage between Maryborough and Hervey Bay “after 8pm-ish” until the time of the crash to come forward.
The 13-year-old will face Maroochydore Childrens Court at a later date.
Meanwhile, a man has died following a separate traffic crash west of Dalby about 10.30pm on Sunday.
Emergency crews were after a utility travelling west on the Warrego Highway hit a power pole.
A 58-year-old Tara man, who was a passenger in the ute, died at the scene.
The driver, a 26-year-old Chinchilla man, was taken to the Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition.
Forensic Crash Unit investigations are continuing.