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.


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.

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