Teen dies as car, ute collide
LAST month the Chronicle carried a picture of 17-year-old Adrian Hope as a graduate from Maryborough High school.
Tragically, today we carry a photo of him as the area’s latest road fatality victim.
Adrian died in a car crash at Tinana on Monday night.
He was in the front passenger seat of a Mazda 323 driven by a 17-year-old Maryborough girl about 9.35pm when the car crashed with a Toyota utility at the corner of Iindah and Teddington roads.
Sergeant Colin Bastable said the Mazda was being driven east along Iindah Road when it crossed the path of the ute, which was travelling south along Teddington Road.
The ute slammed into the side of the Mazda, causing fatal injuries to the teenage passenger.
“The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating but it’s only preliminary investigations at this stage,” Sgt Bastable said.
“There are no signs to say there were any contributing circumstances apart from that the female driver may have missed the Give Way sign.”
Both occupants of the Mazda had to be cut out of the wreckage by firefighters.
They were taken by ambulance to Maryborough Hospital, along with the 17-year-old male driver of the utility.
Adrian was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Sgt Bastable described the crash as a terrible accident and said all drivers needed to be more careful on the roads.
“Especially with the rain we’re getting, drivers need to be more wary of the fact that roads may be slippery,” he said.
“We need to be more vigilant.
“During the new year period we’re hoping drivers take care and be aware of the fatal four – fatigue, speed, drink-driving and seatbelts.”
Monday night’s crash was the second fatal accident at Tinana in as many months.
On November 14, 21-year-old Rodney Walker died when a car full of youths skidded off Seven Mile Road and crashed into a tree.
Adrian Hope’s Maryborough High school graduation ceremony was postponed so students could attend Rodney’s funeral.
This week Maryborough’s teenagers will farewell another of their mates.
The latest crash has taken the Maryborough district road toll to 14 for 2009.
One resident of Teddington Road said she expected someone would lose their life at the intersection with Iindah Road East.
The woman, who did not want to be named, was in bed on Monday night when she heard the screeching of brakes and then “a huge bang”.
“By the time I got up there were a lot of people down there and the next thing the ambulance arrived,” she said.
“I’ve expected it.
“I’ve been here four years and there have been at least four accidents here while I’ve been home.
“I’ve contacted police, Main Roads and the council about it.”