Police have charged a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly behind the wheel of a stolen car involved in a horror fatal crash in Brisbane’s bayside.
The Mazda 6 allegedly ran a red light on Anzac Avenue at Rothwell just before 3pm on Wednesday, hitting a silver Dodge Journey before careering into a set of traffic lights.
It’s believed the car was also speeding at the time, with the impact almost splitting the car in half.
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A 14-year-old boy who was in the front passenger seat was killed in the crash.
The 14-year-old who was allegedly driving the car was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but is now stable.
A 13-year-old boy and three females aged 10, 14 and 16 were also injured and taken to hospital.
Police have today charged the alleged driver with one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlicensed driving and failing to stop at a red light.
The 10-year-old girl has also been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
Superintendent David Johnson says it was a shocking and troubling incident.
“It’s very concerning. The age of the persons in the car, the number of persons in the car, their driving behaviour and what lead to the fatality, ” Supt Johnson said.
It comes as Queensland recorded its 11th fatality on the State’s roads this week.
A one-year-old boy died this morning after being hit by a reversing car in Chinchilla.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene while the 71-year-old driver was taken to hospital suffering shock.
Superintendent Johnson says the spate of fatal crashes this week is absolutely tragic.
“There’s no reason to lose that many lives on our roads anytime, period.
“There’s no excuse for it, there’s no reason for it and we don’t want to see it continuing we want it to stop right now.”
Police are urging motorists to take more care, especially ahead of Fatality Free Friday tomorrow.
“Every person has a decision to make – when you get behind that vehicle and use that privilege to drive on the Queensland road network, do that with your safety, the safety of your passengers and fellow travellers and and all other road users in mind. “