Husband killed, wife injured in horror crash

AN elderly man has died after losing control of his ute and flipping it into a shopfront in Brisbane.

It happened on Old Cleveland Road, near Shakespeare Street, at Coorparoo about 11.25am.

It’s understood the elderly man suffered a medical episode behind the wheel before losing control of his ute, mounting the kerb and smashing through the glass shopfront.


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Bystanders managed to lift the dual-cab ute, which had flipped onto its side, back onto its wheels before pulling the man and an elderly woman, believed to be his wife, from the wreckage.

Witnesses recalled then seeing paramedics desperately trying to revive the elderly man on the ground.

A woman, who wished not to be named, told myGC she was stuck in traffic and watched on crying as strangers and paramedics tried resuscitating the driver on the footpath.

“I’ve never seen someone being revived before. I was standing still in traffic right beside it,” the woman said.

“The car ended up on its side through the shop window. It was just so horrific. It broke my heart.”

Sadly, despite the best efforts of bystanders and paramedics, the elderly man could not be saved and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

His wife escaped serious injury and was assessed by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital as a precaution.

Police have praised bystanders for their heroic efforts in trying to save the man’s life.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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