News

Police will allow teen driver time to grieve sister

Forensic crash investigator Sergeant Steve Webb inspects the wreck of a Nissan Navara ute which crashed killing 14-year-old Ophelia Silcox.
Forensic crash investigator Sergeant Steve Webb inspects the wreck of a Nissan Navara ute which crashed killing 14-year-old Ophelia Silcox.

POLICE will wait for 'the right time' to interview 15-year-old unlicensed driver Curtsie Silcox about the crash which killed her younger sister Ophelia.

The Child Investigation and Protection Unit is examining the horror crash, where Ophelia, 14, was the front seat passenger in a ute driven by her underage sister when it slid off a dirt road and into a tree. Ophelia was killed instantly.

Police will compile a report for the coroner.

But Maryborough District Acting Inspector Troy Pukallus said police wouldn't rush the investigation, as they wanted to give the Silcox family time to grieve.

The teenage girls, who are home-schooled, were at their Gundiah property on Wednesday when they took their parent's work ute on the ill-fated joyride.

They had ridden their horses down to the Gundiah Pub for a coke that morning and when they returned home, according to their mum Terri, just "thought they'd go for a drive."

Insp Pukallus said that kids who grew up on rural properties often began driving at a young age.

"As a family they probably think the community is judging them," he said.

"Basically the girls have made a decision, a poor one in hindsight, to take the car for a drive.

"It is just something kids do."

The crash occurred about six kilometres from their home, on Paterson Rd, Paterson.

"She obviously had some knowledge of driving the vehicle," Insp Pukallus said.

"Growing up on a property, she may have driven that vehicle before."

Police believe the crash was the result of driver inexperience and road conditions.

He said while the ute was not believed to be speeding at the time it left the road, a more experienced driver might have had greater control.

"As your (driving) experience grows you get to know your limits.

"Kids never know their limits, that's why they engage in risk-taking behaviour.

"I'd say maybe the speed exceeded her capabilities."

He said emergency crews who attended the scene found it confronting.

"Pretty much everyone there was a middle-aged male with family.

"I've got two girls a little bit younger, but not much, so it really hit home for me.

"It's a terrible, tragic incident."

Topics:  fatal crash ophelia silcox police



Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

THE last season of GoT finally uttered the words we’ve been waiting six seasons to hear and now that the weather has cooled down in Brisbane, “winter is here.”

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Angus, 15, can't wait to head west for a life on the land

Fraser Coast Agriculture Show 2017 - Angus Stewart and Melanie Stephens from Aldridge High with Lady - a square meater.

He envisions a future working as a jackaroo in Longreach.

Mayor says MP should 'man up and apologise' to staff

Fraser Coast Regional Council - Mayor Chris Loft..

The mayor told Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders to apologise.

Marijuana, amphetamine found in man's car

The maximum penalties for possessing, supplying and trafficking marijuana could rise if a proposed State Government amendment passes.  Contributed

The car was stopped for a search on the Fraser Coast.

Local Partners

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

SUNSHINE Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice nearly saw her form a duo with her battle round opponent.

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.

Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!