Police warn against ‘vigilante’ action after young female motorbike rider killed in civilian car chase

A pursuit of an alleged stolen car by a member of the general public has led to a tragic ‘unintended consequence’ after a lady using a motorbike was killed.

The 22-year-old female died when her bike collided head-on with the Statesman sedan alleged to be in pursuit of one other car in Townsville late Friday night time.

One of the vehicles involved in the fatal crash on Ross River Road, Kirwan.
Digital camera IconOne of many autos concerned in the deadly crash on Ross River Street, Kirwan. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, Alix Sweeney

Superintendent Glen Pointing mentioned an individual driving the Holden Statesman sedan had allegedly been “aggressively” following an alleged stolen Hyundai hatchback about 10pm.

The autos collided on the intersection of Ridley Street and Ross River Street, Kirwan.

The Statesman sedan has then crossed the median strip into the trail of the motorbike, Mr Ponting mentioned.

“It will likely be alleged the Statesman sedan has aggressively adopted this automobile, (earlier than it) collided with the rear of the automobile,” Supt Ponting mentioned.

Superintendent Glen Ponting said the driver of the sedan was helping with their inquiries and the age of the driver of the stolen vehicle was unknown.
Digital camera IconSuperintendent Glen Ponting mentioned the motive force of the sedan was serving to with their inquiries and the age of the motive force of the stolen automobile was unknown. Credit score: NCA NewsWire, Provided

“The driving force of the Statesman has then misplaced management and the automobile crossed the centre median strip and collided head-on with a bike travelling in the other way.

“Tragically on account of that incident a 22-year-old native woman has died.”

Mr Ponting warned against folks taking the regulation into their very own arms.

“I very strongly warning against any type of vigilante action,” Supt Ponting mentioned.

“Usually instances whereas folks might have good intentions, it could possibly end result in unintended penalties.”

He mentioned the motive force of the Holden Statesman was aiding police with their investigation.

“The results of our investigation will decide if any fees can be laid,” he mentioned.

Supt Ponting mentioned the motive force of the alleged stolen Hyundai ‘fled the scene” and about an hour later the automobile was discovered deserted.

The driving force was believed to have been the only occupant of the alleged stolen automobile and, in gentle of a quantity cases involving juveniles in current instances in Townsville, the age of the motive force was unknown, he mentioned.

“That automobile was stolen from an deal with … on Thursday night time, Friday morning … at a break and enter,” he mentioned.