A teenage boy has died and two others have sustained critical injuries after the car they were in – which was packed with six kids – lost control on a Queensland road this week.
Police allege the car was stolen before the group of teens, along with a 10-year-old girl, drove it from a shopping centre at Kallangur, north of Brisbane, on Wednesday. They were later seen speeding along Anzac Avenue before running a red light just before 4pm.
“The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating after a stolen vehicle allegedly being driven by a teenage boy crashed at Rothwell this afternoon, claiming the life of a male passenger,” Queensland Police said in a statement.
“The car was allegedly stolen from a shopping centre at Kallangur earlier in the day before being driven at a speed along Anzac Avenue and through a red light just before 4pm.”
The vehicle lost control, struck another car and collided with a set of traffic lights, with police alleging it was being driven by a 14-year-old Waterford West boy at the time. The front passenger, also aged 14, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The alleged driver sustained critical injuries and was transported to the Queensland Children’s Hospital.
Four other female passengers of the vehicle aged just 10, 13, 14 and 16 also sustained injuries in the crash with one of them also in a critical condition. They were transported to hospital along with the driver.
The driver of the vehicle that was struck, a 26-year-old woman, escaped serious injury along with her four children who were passengers at the time of the collision.
Investigations are continuing into the crash.
It has been a horror week on the roads for Queenslanders with a woman and four children killed in a fiery crash in the state’s South Burnett on Monday evening.
Aaleyn, six, Matilda, five, Wyatt, four, and Zaidok, two, passed away in the crash, while their mother, 34-year-old Charmaine Harris McLeod, also lost her life.
Queensland Police said the crash happened when a Nissan station wagon pulled out to overtake a truck, and was then hit by an oncoming truck, just before 7.30pm on Monday.
Both vehicles burst into flames, with the driver of the car and three of the children pronounced deceased at the scene.
A young girl in the same vehicle was transported to Kingaroy Hospital with life threatening injuries. She was later flown to Queensland Children’s Hospital in a critical condition but sadly passed away during the flight.
The driver of the truck, a 47-year-old man, was taken to Kingaroy Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.