Crash victim tribute: 'Rest in peace our beloved father'

UPDATE: A tree snapped at its base, deep gouges in the dirt and fluorescent yellow markings on the edge of Ruthven St mark the place where a Harlaxton father took his last breath.

Harlaxton man Paul Firkin, 44, died minutes after his motorbike collided with a tree in the north-bound lanes of the street about 10.10pm Wednesday.

Queensland Ambulance paramedics performed CPR on the critically injured man but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The much-loved father leaves behind grieving children just days out from Christmas, with a heart- breaking post on social media telling of his children's devastation.

"From your three sons sitting around the computer typing this, rest in peace our beloved father," the post read.

"Not only our father but our best mate, we share the greatest memories with you and will never stop laughing about the stupid s**t you used to tell us.

"We love you to the moon and back dad.

"Your love will never be lost."

Paul Firkin, 44, of Harlaxton, was killed in a horror motorbike crash just metres from his home. December 14 2016
Paul Firkin, 44, of Harlaxton, was killed in a horror motorbike crash just metres from his home. December 14 2016 Contributed

Initial investigations suggest Mr Firkin was travelling north on his motorbike when he lost control and veered off the road, colliding with a tree.

The scene, outside the Weis factory on Ruthven St, is marred with evidence markers as police work to determine the cause of the crash and the contributing factors.

A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said three units were called to the crash scene, performing CPR on Mr Firkin but were unsuccessful.

Mr Firkin is one of six motorbike riders to be killed on Queensland roads in the past week, and one of 59 since January.

Road Policing Command Inspector Peter Flanders said the motorbike road toll was the highest since 2012, and issued an impassioned plea for riders and drivers to take extra care on the roads.

Crash scene in Ruthven St where 44 year old male motorcyclist lost his life. Thursday Dec 15, 2016.
Crash scene in Ruthven St where 44 year old male motorcyclist lost his life. Thursday Dec 15, 2016. Nev Madsen

"The reality is motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injury than drivers and passengers in any other motor vehicle on our roads," Inspector Flanders said.

"With the increased traffic on our road networks in the lead-up to Christmas, we are pleading with all road users, especially motorcyclists, to take extra care and remember the Fatal Five.

"Excess speed and loss of control are contributing factors in many traffic crashes involving motorcycles, so we really need riders to take responsibility and ride at speeds relative to the conditions.

"The faster you go on a motorbike, the more severe the impact of a traffic crash is."

The Forensic Crash Unit is continuing its investigations, and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Last night, the state's road toll was 238 fatalities.

8.30AM: The victim of a fatal motorbike crash in Toowoomba overnight has been identified as a Toowoomba local.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the crash, but initial reports suggest the Harlaxton man, 44, was travelling north on Ruthven St when he lost control of the motorbike and hit a tree, a police spokeswoman said.

Queensland Ambulance paramedics were called to the crash scene at 10.06pm and performed CPR on the injured man.

He died at the scene.

A QAS spokeswoman said three paramedic units responded to the incident outside the Weis factory.

Forensic Crash Unit investigations are continuing.

Crash scene in Ruthven St where 44 year old male motorcyclist lost his life.
Crash scene in Ruthven St where 44 year old male motorcyclist lost his life. Nev Madsen

BREAKING: A man has died overnight after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a tree on Ruthven St.

Police are investigating the fatal traffic crash that occurred in Harlaxton.

Officers were called to the scene about 10.10pm. On arrival, a 44-year-old man was located with serious injuries and was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigations by the Forensic Crash Unit are continuing.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.



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