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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



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