News

Inquest findings released

FOUR years of pain, heartache and the burden of not knowing.

Four years of missing, wishing and wondering what if.

And just 10 minutes to hear long-awaited answers.

On January 5, 2008, four young Warwick friends died in an horrific traffic crash at the Eight Mile.

Uncertain circumstances initiated an inquest into the deaths of Brett McKenzie, Abby Ezzy, Max Thorley and Nick Nolan and after days of gruelling cross-examination and endless sleepless nights, the day four families had been waiting for finally arrived.

On Tuesday, Coroner Tina Previtera presented her findings to Brisbane Magistrates Court.

The coroner said she believed it to be Brett McKenzie driving the vehicle that was hit by a B-double truck at 11.21pm on the night of January 5.

She said Greg Welsh, who was driving the truck, had no way of avoiding the incident and she made no indication to the court he was intoxicated or exceeding the speed limit.

"The weight of the evidence (suggests) Mr Welsh had no time to act and the collision was unavoidable," Coroner Previtera said.

She made no findings to report any police officer to a higher body for incorrect or insensitive conduct, but recommended there be full alcohol and drug test conducted to any surviving parties when serious injury occurs.

The court heard about the death of Mr Welsh, whose body was discovered by his partner on July 8, 2011, from coronary artery disease.

"There was no acute role played by toxins, alcohol or drugs," Coroner Previtera said.

Surrounded by 20 friends and family, the McKenzie family said they we're flooded with support as the inquest came to a close at 9.30am on Tuesday.

Topics:  coroner's court



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

State to raise thousands through your rates notices

CONCERNED: Tallegalla farmers Tom and Jack Else are concerned about proposed changes to the emergency management fire and rescue levy for thousands of Ipswich land owners. The State Government says that "farmers with (multiple) parcels of farming land would only pay a single levy, provided the parcels border each other and are under the same ownership”.

Fire and rescue levy to see 5611 blocks in Ipswich slugged

'Complex': Hall could be seized by State Govt

COMPLEX ISSUE: Confusion over who owns the Redbank School of Arts Hall has forced the State Government to step in and call for a new committee to be elected.

An Ipswich community hall has become the subject of controversy

Ipswich rallies and wins on rail line

PASSION: Cr David Pahlke and Ipswich commuter Lyndell Giansiracusa got behind the campaign to get the trains back running on weekends on the Ipswich-Rosewood rail line.

City shows ticker, passion to get result on Ipswich-Rosewood rail

Local Partners

Jennifer Lawrence apologises to the people of Hawaii

Jennifer Lawrence sorry for 'offensive' story

Cruz Beckham's single a 'one-off'

He is not planning to launch a full-time music career yet.

Louis Tomlinson's mother dies aged 42

Louis Tomlinson's mother has died.

Star Wars spin off gets green light grom Lucas

Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen star in the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Lucas said to have enjoyed the latest Star Wars spin-off

BOOK REVIEW: The Mask of Command

This narrative from Anicent Rome has it all

The tech-version of the old pop-up book is here

IS THE old cardboard pop-up book a thing of the past?

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!