FATAL CRASH: Bundaberg Patrol Group Inspector Anne Vogler speaks to media about the fatal crash on Bourbong St.
FATAL CRASH: Bundaberg Patrol Group Inspector Anne Vogler speaks to media about the fatal crash on Bourbong St.

Man was here on business when fatally hit by car

THE pedestrian who was killed after being hit by a stolen car last night was a 63-year-old Sunshine Coast man, visiting the Bundaberg region for business.

Bundaberg Patrol Group Inspector Anne Vogler said at 7.45pm, a silver Toyota was travelling west on Bourbong St at "high speed" and unfortunately "lost control and hit a pedestrian".

Police found the driver at the scene and he was taken into custody after minor injuries were assessed at the hospital.

Inspector Vogler said the driver had been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and break and enter burglary, with further charges pending.

She said the vehicle was allegedly stolen from an Avenell Heights address just over an hour before the fatal collision, around 6.30pm.

The driver was known to police.

 

FATAL CRASH: Bundaberg Patrol Group Inspector Anne Vogler speaks to media about the fatal crash on Bourbong St.
FATAL CRASH: Bundaberg Patrol Group Inspector Anne Vogler speaks to media about the fatal crash on Bourbong St.

"The vehicle was reported stolen, police were at the station actually putting on that report and an other individual was following the vehicle, a civilian," she said.

The civilian started to follow the car, from a distance and contacted police, after noticing the "erratic behaviour and the speed" of the vehicle.

Inspector Vogler said the witness was concerned for the safety of the public.

The actions of the civilian provided police with a statement, and evidence in the manner of driving which Inspector Vogler said would be used in court.

She said the pedestrian had a family and this tragic situation brought home the fact that "speed kills".

Police are hoping people would reflect on this incident and slow down when behind the wheel.

Inspector Vogler said it had been a busy 24-hours for Bundaberg police.

"Unfortunately that's what we do, we deal with things as they happen and I'm really proud of the way we have responded as a QPS and also as Bundaberg Police - all units working together.

"We've got some great results in the last 24-hours."