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Australia Police condemn 'vigilante action' after motorcyclist's death

11:41  06 february  2021
11:41  06 february  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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Police are searching for the driver of an allegedly stolen car that led to a horror crash in Queensland's north, claiming the life of a young motorcyclist.

Investigators say two cars, an allegedly stolen Hyundai sedan and a Holden Statesmen were travelling dangerously along Ross River Road, Thuringowa Central at around 10pm when the tragedy occurred.

It is alleged vigilantes in the Holden were chasing the Hyundai when the cars collided, forcing the Holden onto the wrong side of the road near the intersection of Ross River Road and Ridley Road and into the path of a woman riding a motorcycle.

a group of people standing around a fire hydrant: Police are searching for the driver of an allegedly stolen car that led to a horror crash in Queensland's north, claiming the life of a young motorcyclist. © 9News Police are searching for the driver of an allegedly stolen car that led to a horror crash in Queensland's north, claiming the life of a young motorcyclist.

The driver of the Holden, a 25-year-old Bushland Beach man and his two passengers, a 41-year-old Kirwan man and a 22-year-old Aitkenvale woman were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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The motorcyclist, 22-year-old Jennifer Board, was pronounced dead at the scene and manslaughter charges are being considered for the driver of the Holden.

a woman posing for the camera: The motorcyclist, 22-year-old Jennifer Board, was pronounced dead at the scene. © 9News The motorcyclist, 22-year-old Jennifer Board, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police also allege the juvenile driver of the Hyundai failed to remain at the crash site and the car was later found abandoned in Garbutt around 11pm.

Detectives believe other youths may have also been in the car at the time.

This afternoon, friends of Ms Board, paid tribute to the young woman they called beautiful and kind.

Friends, colleagues and complete strangers brought flowers and balloons, even tying ribbon to the fence she hit, with a convoy of bikes honouring her memory.

The senseless death has sparked outrage in Townsville where locals are fed up with youth related crime.

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"I've heard a lot of speeding up and down this highway for six years, I say to myself it's bound to happen, an accident was bound to happen," witness Erika Crosbie told 9News.

Police also allege the juvenile driver of the Hyundai failed to remain at the crash site. © 9News Police also allege the juvenile driver of the Hyundai failed to remain at the crash site. a person riding a motorcycle down a street: As tribute to Ms Board, a convoy of bikes rode the streets honouring her memory. © 9News As tribute to Ms Board, a convoy of bikes rode the streets honouring her memory.

With community concern about growing youth crime, Queensland Police are also urging vigilantes not to take matters into their own hands.

"We give the same advice all the time, police work has to be done by the police," Queensland Police Superintendent Glen Pointing told 9News.

"We're trained to do it."

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