Cyclists mourn loss of respected rider

FATAL CRASH

  • Police calling for witnesses who might have seen white dual cab ute and two men in Noosaville area between 5.30pm and 6.15pm
  • A 42-year-old man was killed at Doonan riding a bicycle
  • He died after colliding with a ute
  • The alleged driver, 35-year-old Noosaville man Nathan Craig MacDonald, did not apply for bail this morning and has been remanded in custody.
  • MacDonald's charges include dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death whilst adversely affected by an intoxicating substance
VIDEO: CYCLIST KILLED

VIDEO: CYCLIST KILLEDA Noosaville driver has appeared in court, accused of killing a 42-year-old man at Doonan.The cyclist was knocked down on Eumundi Noosa Road around 6 last night.35-year-old Nathan Craig McDonald did not apply for bail, and remains behind bars.Police have questioned a second man, who was the passenger in the ute.District duty officer Snr Sgt Scott Wiggins said police will conduct forensic examinations on the ute.#7LocalNews

Posted by 7 Local News Sunshine Coast on Monday, 14 March 2016

UPDATE 4:05PM: A group of Noosa cyclists slowed their pace and ensured they stayed close together during their regular morning ride today as a mark of respect to their fallen friend Stephen Small.

Mr Small, who had a partner and young son, died last night at the scene of a collision with a ute on the Eumundi Noosa Rd at Doonan.

Le CycloSportif bicycle shop owner Greg Ball said Mr Small was well-known in the tight-knit cycling community.

Noosaville man Stephen Small, 42, died after being involved in a collision with a ute on Eumundi Noosa Rd on March 14.
Noosaville man Stephen Small, 42, died after being involved in a collision with a ute on Eumundi Noosa Rd on March 14. Photo Contributed

"We are all just a little bit stunned," Mr Ball said.

He had known Mr Small for about nine years, having cycled with him regularly during the early part of their friendship.

Mr Ball said Mr Small's family and work commitments had kept him from riding as often in recent years but he still joined their group on occasion.

Mr Small worked as an electrician in the Noosa area and had also engineered a bicycle repair stand which has been picked up by a national retailer.

"He wasn't over the top," Mr Ball said.

"He was just a mature, enthusiastic but conscientious fellow."

Mr Ball said there was a sombre mood among those who rode in his regular morning cycle group today.

"We did do our group ride at a more sedate pace."

Sunshine Beach friend Damian Rosenthal said he and Mr Small had cycled together.

"He was always a top cyclist," Mr Rosenthal said.

Noosaville man Stephen Small, 42, died after being involved in a collision with a ute on Eumundi Noosa Rd on March 14.
Noosaville man Stephen Small, 42, died after being involved in a collision with a ute on Eumundi Noosa Rd on March 14. Photo Contributed

He said his friend, who was originally from the north of England, was a keen Manchester United Football Club supporter.

"I was a Spurs fan so we always had some good banter going."

He said Mr Small had also done electrical work at his house.

"He was a really good tradesman."

Mr Rosenthal said he was surprised and disappointed by Mr Small's death, describing it as "a total waste".

He said it would not deter him from cycling.

"Things like this will hopefully remind everybody that it (the road) is a shared space and we should all share it."

UPDATE 11.35AM: Police are seeking witnesses who might have seen two men and a white dual cab ute in the Noosaville area in the hour leading up to a fatal crash at Doonan.

Sunshine Coast district Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Mick Doogue said it would be alleged a 42-year-old Noosaville man was riding a bicycle west along Eumundi Noosa Rd when he was involved in collision with a white ute.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Doogue said it would be alleged the white ute was also driving west.

Paramedics were called to the scene, near Grays Rd, at 6.15pm yesterday.

The 42-year-old man died at the scene.

Det Act Snr Sgt Doogue said it would be alleged the same ute was driven dangerously in the vicinity of Gympie Terrace at Noosaville about 5.40pm.

He urged anyone who had witnessed the men or ute to speak with police.

A 35-year-old Noosaville man, alleged to be the driver of the ute, has been charged with dangerous driving causing death while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance for the fatal crash as well as dangerous driving while affected by an intoxicating substance for alleged incident in Noosaville about 5.40pm.

The man allegedly gave an alcohol reading above the legal limit.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

UPDATE 10.15AM: A 35-year-old Noosaville man accused of killing a cyclist in a crash at Doonan last night has not applied for bail.

Nathan Craig MacDonald had grazes on his forehead and chin when he appeared in custody in Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning.

He faced charges of dangerous operation of a vehicle while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death whilst adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and assault or obstruct police in relation to the death of a 42-year-old cyclist.

Emergency crews were called to Eumundi Noosa Rd near the intersection of Grays Rd shortly after 6pm yesterday.

The cyclist died at the scene.

MacDonald was arrested last night and remained in custody.

No application for bail was made in court this morning.

MacDonald nodded twice as Magistrate Hadyn Stjernqvist explained that he would be remanded in custody while a full brief of evidence was prepared.

His matters are next due for mention in the same court on May 12 at 2pm.

UPDATE 7AM: POLICE have charged a 35-year-old Noosaville man following a fatal traffic incident at Doonan on Monday night.

It will be alleged just after 6pm, a utility and a bicycle collided on Eumundi Noosa Rd.

The 42-year-old male bicycle rider was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police have charged the driver of the utility with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death or grievous bodily harm whilst adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, and assault or obstruct police.

A second man, who was a passenger in the utility, is assisting police with their inquiries.

The 35-year-old man is due to appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court today.

 

UPDATE 7.45PM: POLICE are investigating a fatal traffic incident that occurred at Doonan this evening.

Just after 6pm, a utility and a bicycle collided on Eumundi Noosa Road. The male bicycle rider was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The male driver of the utility was not physically injured during the incident.

A 1 kilometre section of Eumundi Noosa Road and Grays Road from the intersection remains closed with diversions in place as investigations continue.

UPDATE 7PM: POLICE have closed a 1km stretch of road between Eumundi-Noosa Road and Grays Road near the Doonan service station roundabout following an earlier fatal crash.

INITIAL REPORT: A QUEENSLAND Ambulance spokeswoman has confirmed one person is deceased after a ute and bicycle crash in Doonan.

Paramedics are still currently on scene of the accident which occurred on Eumundi Noosa Road and Grays Road in Doonan just after 6pm.

Lengthy delays are expected so motorists are urged to avoid the area.


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