A photo of a garden ornament that is believed to have caused the crash that claimed the life of Candice Mangan. Contact police if you can help identify its owner.
A photo of a garden ornament that is believed to have caused the crash that claimed the life of Candice Mangan. Contact police if you can help identify its owner.

Help police find owner of statue

POLICE have released a photo of a cast-iron cherub statue that is believed to have caused a freak road crash that killed a Lowood teenager this week.

Candice Mangan, 18, was killed instantly when the Holden Commodore in which she was a passenger struck the garden statue that was lying in the middle of the west-bound lanes of the Warrego Highway at Haigslea.

Early investigations suggest the driver of the sedan, Candice's 18-year-old boyfriend Brett Muller, struck the statue before losing control of the car, crossing the highway and colliding with two cars in the east-bound lanes of the highway.

Police could not confirm if the garden ornament was on or beside the road, if it was placed on the highway as a prank or had fallen off the back of a vehicle in transit.

Police are appealing for the owners of the statue, anyone who may recognise it or who may have seen it on the highway near Malabar Road on Monday to contact police.

This tragedy on southern Queensland roads follows a double fatality on the New England Highway outside Stanthorpe on December 16.

Two Stanthorpe residents were killed in a high-speed crash after lights fell from a trailer and onto the roadway.

Police are reminding all motorists to ensure any load on their vehicle is secured and safe to drive with.

Regional traffic co-ordinator for the southern police region Inspector Lyle Mitchell said he was disappointed motorists weren't adequately securing their loads.

“Police will be taking a hard line with motorists found transporting loads that are unsecured and people are reminded to load a vehicle in a way that does not make it unstable or unsafe,” Insp Lyle said.

POLICE ask anyone who has seen the statue or know its owners to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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