A petition demanding reform for Queensland’s Youth Justice Act, is quickly gaining support after a young family was allegedly killed by a drugged driver.
On Tuesday January 26, Kate Leadbetter,31, and Matthew Field, 37, were crossing the road in Alexandra Hills, when they were struck by an out of control car and killed.
Kate is understood to have been six months pregnant at the time.
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The 17-year-old driver tried to flea the scene, but was tracked down a short time later and charged with murder. He appeared briefly in court yesterday where he was remanded in custody.
It’s since been revealed that the driver was on bail for two driving offences at the time of the incident, which has prompted calls from the victims’ families and the community to reform the Youth Justice Act.
Overnight, a petition was launched to the Queensland government, and it’s quickly gaining support.
The change.org petition is hoping to reach 35,000 signatures, and as of 6.00am January 28, it had already received 28,500.