Friends of Bryce Hodge gathered late Saturday to remember their friend who died after a crash in Bucasia.
Friends of Bryce Hodge gathered late Saturday to remember their friend who died after a crash in Bucasia. Shakira Sellen

Friends pay tribute to car-loving mate killed in crash

THE metallic paint of mourners' cars and motorbikes glistened in the afternoon sun in a fitting tribute to their car loving mate gone too soon.

Friends turned out to a memorial service for 21-year-old Bryce Hodge, who died in a crash on Shoal Point Rd about 2am on Saturday.

 

Friends of Bryce Hodge gathered late Saturday to remember their friend who died after a crash in Bucasia.
Friends of Bryce Hodge gathered late Saturday to remember their friend who died after a crash in Bucasia. Shakira Sellen

Flowers were laid by a powerpole at the site as a large group of Mr Hodge's mates wiped away their tears while supporting each other in their time of grief.

Friend Macy Thompson said Mr Hodge was heading home from a friend's place at the time of the crash.

 

Bryce Hodge, 21, died after crashing into a powerpole on Shoal Point Rd in Bucasia on Saturday.
Bryce Hodge, 21, died after crashing into a powerpole on Shoal Point Rd in Bucasia on Saturday.

She said he was always smiling and laughing and loved listening to music by rapper Kerser.

 

Flowers at the scene of a fatal crash on Shoal Point Rd.
Flowers at the scene of a fatal crash on Shoal Point Rd. Shakira Sellen

"We will miss you mate," Miss Thompson said.

"All of a sudden we didn't know it was going to be the last time we'd see him or hear his voice and his funny jokes."

She said Mr Hodge went to school at the Gold Coast and Emerald but more recently he'd lived in North Mackay.

He had been in the region for about two years.

 

Friends of Bryce Hodge gathered late Saturday to remember their friend who died after a crash in Bucasia.
Friends of Bryce Hodge gathered late Saturday to remember their friend who died after a crash in Bucasia. Shakira Sellen

As a result of the crash about 1100 customers were without power for up to six hours, an Ergon Energy spokeswoman said.

Traffic control was in place on Shoal Point Rd between St Bees and Gentle Avenues Saturday morning as crews worked to replaced the pole that was snapped in half.

The spokesman said most residents had their power restored by 7am.

Police are seeking information from anyone who may have witnessed the fatal crash, in particular in identifying a driver and vehicle that had been travelling with Mr Hodge's car shortly before the crash.

 

Meanwhile just hours later a 39-year-old man died at Collinsville in a single-vehicle rollover.

Police said the rollover happened about 8pm while a driver was travelling on Mount Wyatt Rd.

Mackay District Duty Officer Senior Sergeant Dave Parnell said investigations into the fatal crashes were ongoing and reports would be prepared for the Coroner.

"Whilst one fatal crash is one too many, to have three in such a short period (a week) is unacceptable," he said.

On Monday Zenneth Anderson, 22, died in a crash when his car left the Bruce Hwy and landed in a railway culvert near the Nine Mile Creek overpass, north of Mackay.

The latest crashes bring this year's road toll for the central region to 65 compared to this time last year when 61 crashes were recorded.

Anyone with information that could assist police with their investigations can phone 49683444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800333000.


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