Retired policeman in fatal crash
POLICE yesterday revealed the 87-year-old man killed in Sunday’s horrific Valentine’s Day car crash outside Stanthorpe was retired Queensland Police officer Colin Lindenmayer.
His wife, 84-year-old Elizabeth, remains in a stable condition in the Royal Brisbane Hospital after sustaining injuries to her lower back, pelvis and chest.
It is believed the Stanthorpe couple were celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Retired Stanthorpe police officer Darryl Coleman worked alongside Mr Lindenmayer when he was the leader of the SES and said he had done a great job for many years.
“He was always there as a volunteer and always willing to do his bit for the community,” Mr Coleman said.
It is believed Mr Lindenmayer suffered a cardiac arrest which caused him to fail to give way at the intersection between Whiskey Gully Road and the New England Highway, his white sedan veering into the path of an oncoming blue utility about 9.20am.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said Mr Lindenmayer became trapped in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mrs Lindenmayer was trapped in the car for at least half an hour before being flown by the RACQ CareFlight helicopter to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
A Royal Brisbane Hospital spokesperson said Mrs Lindenmayer’s condition had since improved and she was currently in a stable condition.
The 63-year old driver of the second vehicle, Kenneth Vickery from Kingston, Brisbane, was treated for shock and chest injuries at the Stanthorpe Hospital.
A Queensland Health spokesperson said Mr Vickery had since been discharged.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service sent units to the scene from Stanthorpe and Warwick and the technical rescue truck was called from Toowoomba.
Police investigations are continuing.