Driver charged with killing teens
IPSWICH police have arrested and charged a 33-year-old man over the deaths of three teenagers in a horrific traffic smash at Goodna.
Nick Saxby, 16, Brittany Bramwell, 17, and Matthew Prior, 18, were killed when the sedan they were travelling in was hit by an allegedly drunk driver on the night of April 8 this year.
Alex Mayfield – the 17-year-old driver of the mangled Mitsubishi Lancer – was the only survivor from that vehicle.
Ipswich Forensic Crash Unit officer Senior Constable Craig Bellchambers travelled to Far North Queensland on Tuesday to conduct further interviews with the accused before arresting and charging him.
The four teenagers – all close friends – were on their way home from Dreamworld and had reached the intersection of Brisbane Rd and Layard St when a Toyota Hilux utility slammed into them.
Brittany and Matthew were killed instantly, while Nick passed away at the Princess Alexandra Hospital the next day.
Police will allege that the driver of the Hilux, who cannot be named at this stage, fled the scene after the crash.
The man, who moved away from the Ipswich area after the crash, was charged with three counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, one count of dangerous operation causing grievous bodily harm, drink driving with a blood alcohol content above 0.05% but less than 0.15%, and failing to remain at the scene of a crash.
He faced the Cooktown Magistrates Court where he was allowed bail to reappear at the same court on August 9.
Forensic Crash Unit sergeant Darryl Morrison said the case was likely to be adjourned to Ipswich because the offence occurred here and most of the witnesses lived locally.
The three-month delay in laying charges was largely due to the wait for blood test results from the driver.
Police said the accused had kept authorities up to date with his change of address and his move north was not an attempt to escape prosecution.