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Don't blame the police: union

The scene of the crash on Kruger Parade at Redbank Plains.
The scene of the crash on Kruger Parade at Redbank Plains. Claudia Baxter

THE police union has stood by the actions of officers who were called to a domestic disturbance, minutes before a 13-year-old girl fatally crashed a car into trees.

The police Ethical Standards Command, and the Communities Department, launched investigations into the incident, which stemmed from a domestic argument at the girl's foster home in Collingwood Park, about 6.45pm Wednesday.

According to police, a crew that had been called out to the disturbance spotted the girl driving a red Holden Commodore in the opposite direction.

They did a u-turn and activated lights and sirens but did not give chase.

Minutes later, the girl had lost control of the vehicle on Kruger Pde and smashed into at least two trees, killing her instantly.

A Kruger Pde resident said she heard the screeching of tyres outside her house and assumed it was someone doing a burnout.

"I saw the car go over the gutter and run into the the bush," the young mother said.

"The sound was horrific."

Several neighbouring residents ran over to check on the welfare of the driver, but it was already too late.

One man, who lived just a few houses up from the crash site, said a heavy impact on the driver's side had smashed the steering column over to the passenger's side and ripped the rear driver's side door from its hinges.

"I looked in through the window and saw her lying there - she still had her seatbelt on," the man said.

The police investigation was immediately handed over to the Ethical Standards Command, with Ipswich police unable to offer detailed information on the events that led up to the crash.

However Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said the police unit that was called to the initial disturbance had spotted the girl at a set of traffic lights not far from Kruger Pde.

"They activated their red and blue lights," Mr Leavers said.

"The girl has accelerated the car she was driving through the red light.

"Police immediately aborted the attempted intercept, got out of their police car and turned off their red and blue lights.

"The girl has taken a corner of road at Kruger Pde, Collingwood Park, at very high speed, lost control of the car, crashed into a tree and was killed instantly."

Mr Leavers said the car belonged to the girl's foster parents.

He said she had a history of violence and mental health issues and was known to police.

"This is just a tragic incident and highlights that those in our community who suffer from mental health issues, even at a young age, do not receive enough medical support," he said.

In a statement, the Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis said an immediate child death investigation and review was underway.

The investigation will be reviewed by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.

"All available support is being made available to the child's carer and family," Ms Davis said.

"We are restricted in providing any further information on this case under the legislation."

Topics:  crash, police, union



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