Emerald apprentice charged

MUCH LOVED: Craig Deakin was killed in a car smash early on Saturday morning. Photo: Bundaberg News Mail
MUCH LOVED: Craig Deakin was killed in a car smash early on Saturday morning. Photo: Bundaberg News Mail

AN Emerald-based man has been charged over the death of an 18-year-old Bundaberg youth in a single vehicle accident on Saturday.

Craig Deakin, 18, was the rear passenger in a car which was being driven along Sylvan Drive, Moore Park, when it collided with a parked vehicle.

Police said the 20-year-old male driver lost control and the car slid sideways into a fence, impaling Craig, who died at the scene.

The driver, 20, and another passenger were uninjured.

Craig, who had relatives in Emerald, was described by his mother Margaret Deakin as a cheeky practical joker who was always smiling.

“Craig was really determined and he was starting to get his life together,” Mrs Deakin told the Bundaberg News Mail.

She said Craig enjoyed kicking around a football and going camping with his parents, brothers and sisters.

He also had a “bit of the devil in him”.

“He was a stirrer, but he was a good role model for his little brother,” Mrs Deakin said.

“He saw the funny side of everything.

“… He was a beautiful happy boy who was very loving.”

The driver, who is working in Emerald as an apprentice fitter, has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

He will appear in the Bundaberg Magistrate’s Court for mention on Friday.

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