The State Government is set to announce changes to youth justice laws as early as this week following the tragic death of an innocent woman in the state’s north.
22-year-old Jennifer Board was killed after her motorcycle was struck by an out-of-control car in Townsville on Friday night.
Police are investigating whether a group of vigilantes following a stolen car was behind the deadly crash.
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“It will be alleged that (a) Statesman sedan had aggressively followed this stolen vehicle, collided with the rear of the vehicle (and) the driver of the Statesman has then lost control of his vehicle, crossed the centre median strip and collided head on with a motorcycle travelling in the opposite direction,” Superintendent Glen Pointing said.
“Tragically, as a result of that incident, a 22-year-old local girl died.
“The driver of the stolen vehicle fled the scene and that vehicle was located about an hour later in Garbutt.”
Police have issued a stern warning for people not to take the law into their own hands.
“If people want to install some sort of safety measures of their own residence, well, that’s up to them. But in the first instance, they should call the police and we’ll do everything we can to help,” Superintendent Pointing said.
“Oftentimes while people may have good intentions, it results in unintended consequences.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk described the incident as a “terrible tragedy.”
“My thoughts and prayers go out to loved ones, family and friends,” the Premier said.
“Police are investigating the particular circumstances in this case.”
Ms Palaszczuk confirmed on Saturday that sweeping changes would be announced this week.
“I met yesterday with the Ministers for Police and Youth Justice and the Attorney-General as well as the heads of their departments and there will be announcements,” she said.
The Premier would not speculate what changes could be implement but said that ‘everything was on the table.’