Boy, 10, dies on way to school
THE crumpled bike was a grim sight on the quiet Sarina road where a young boy died after a horrific road accident this morning.
The year five student was just metres away from where he regularly rode his bike to catch a bus to the nearby Alligator Creek State School.
Police, ambulance and firefighters rushed to the scene on Grasstree Rd, near the Starrs Rd turn-off, where the 10-year-old lay after the bike he was riding collided with a dual cab ute. The incident occurred about 8am.
The scene cut deeply for one of the emergency crew, who has a child in the same year as the boy.
Police said a woman, who was first on the scene, assisted with CPR until paramedics arrived.
The boy was rushed to Mackay Base Hospital with critical head and internal trauma, however, he died a short time later as a result of his injuries. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
This is the second time in just over three weeks the Sarina community has been shocked by the death of a young boy involved in a crash while riding his bike to a school bus stop.
Thoughts of Mercy College student Caleb Woodland haven’t faded and now the quiet town is struck with this new tragedy.
Alligator Creek State School principal Phillip Vonthien said the school community had been saddened by the incident.
“The thoughts and prayers of the whole school community are with the student’s family and friends at this difficult time,” Mr Vonthien said. “We will be providing counselling at the school for anyone who requires it.”
The male driver of the ute is working with police and there were three other witnesses to the crash, a police spokesman said.
The bike suffered minor damage and the seat was broken off. Investigations into the incident are ongoing with the accident investigation squad and scene of crime officers working together.