UPDATE: AN ELDERLY man who was beaten unconscious and left for dead on the side of a Queensland road has died.
Police allege the 72-year-old man was travelling on Glenella Connection Road in West Mackay when an object was thrown at his four-wheel-drive, causing the windscreen to shatter.
He sustained facial injuries from the shattered glass and immediately stopped his vehicle. It’s further alleged that an 18-year-old man then approached the vehicle and assaulted the man, rendering him unconscious.
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He sustained additional severe head and facial injuries and was transported to the Mackay Base Hospital before being flown to the Townville Base Hospital where he died this afternoon.
As a result of the man’s death, the 18-year-old Slade Point man has had charges of grievous bodily harm upgraded to murder.
He is scheduled to appear before the Mackay Magistrates Court tomorrow.
EARLIER: AN ELDERLY man is fighting for his life in hospital after he was beaten unconscious in a random roadside attack in Central Queensland.
The incident took place on Glenella Connection Road in Mackay about 4am on Saturday.
It’s understood an 18-year-old boy hurled a large rock through the front windscreen of a four-wheel-drive before viciously bashing the 72-year-old male driver.
The elderly man was later found lying unconscious with extensive injuries on the side of the road.
He was flown to Townsville Hospital in a critical condition with severe head and facial injuries.
An 18-year-old Slade Point man was later charged with endangering the safe use of vehicles, grievous bodily harm and robbery.