By Josh Dye
According to the police, a car used in a fatal crash near Sunshine Coast was taken under duress.
According to police, a 26 year old Caloundra West man stole a Mercedes Benz Hatchback about 2am. He was also seen driving erratically in the early morning hours of Friday.
The car hit a Nissan Hatchback in Burnside, at 7:20am. Police said the car had been driving fast on the opposite side of Windsor Road.
The Nissan’s 52-year-old driver was trapped. Paramedics
were unable to revive her.
Her identity is unknown, but it’s believed to be that she worked in aged care at Nambour and had just come off a shift.
The driver of the Mercedes fled to the street before trying to get away in another vehicle.
According to police, good Samaritans prevented the man driving away from being able to continue.
He was arrested at the home of a neighboring officer after officers had searched in that area.
A modified gun, along with a blaster gel and other items were found by the police at his property.
The deceased man was arrested, accused of several crimes, such as driving while impaired, reckless disregard of the victim, armed burglary, possession of weapons while intoxicated, etc.
Video link is being used to bring him into the Hervey Bay Magistrate Court this Saturday.
Sunshine Coast Detective Senior Sgt. Craig Mansfield called the people who tried saving the woman “absolutely heroic”.
In those circumstances, they could have made the difference between a life and a death. And they tried their hardest,” said he.
“Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, the effort was not enough to save her life.”
According to Senior Sergeant Mansfield, police want to speak with anyone who witnessed the car during the five-hour period between the carjacking incident and the 27-kilometre crash.
It’s quite a distance between them, so we appeal to the members of our community to bridge that gap.
He claimed that the man was “connected” in some way to the place where he had been arrested.
Man helps locate driver
Bruce Henricks works directly across from the highway and he said it was an unexpected accident.
“We came out after hearing the crash and found that the cars were in collision,” said he.
“I checked in with my mother across the hall at the child care center… to see if she was ok.”
Police are calling on anyone with information about the crash, or video footage from dashcams to contact them.
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