Town mourns man killed in Brisbane Valley hit-and-run

Jay Bastow with his girlfriend Rhiannon Barrett.
Jay Bastow with his girlfriend Rhiannon Barrett.

THE community of Lowood has struggled to come to terms with the shocking death of a young man known for his "big and bubbly" personality.

Former Lowood State High School student Jay Bastow was found dead beside a road in Lowood on Saturday morning in what police suspect was a hit-and-run.

Jay, who lived in Dinmore, celebrated his 20th birthday a week ago. He had been out drinking with friends in Ipswich the night before his death.

One of his good mates, Josh Tennant, is believed to have been the last person to see Jay alive.

"We were at The Racehorse Hotel till about 2am when we were driven back to Lowood by one of our friends who was designated driver," Mr Tennant said.

"Jay and I went to sleep at my mum's place when we got back, but when I woke up, he was gone."

Mr Tennant said he wasn't too alarmed at his friend's disappearance, until news emerged that someone in town had been killed in a suspected hit-and-run.

"When I noticed Jay was gone, I assumed at first he had got up and headed out with some friends," Mr Tennant said.

"When I heard about the hit-and-run I thought 'God, don't let that be Jay'."

Mr Tennant's worst fear was realised hours later when police informed the Bastow family that it was Jay's body that had been found. The body was discovered by the side of Forrest Hill-Fernvale Rd about 3.40am by a passing motorist.

Mr Tennant said the Lowood community was grief-stricken as the sad news quickly circulated throughout the town.

"I'm still in disbelief," he said. "I knew Jay since I was in Year 8.

"He had a really big and bubbly personality, always wore a smile on his face and liked to have a laugh with friends."

As police continue their investigations into Jay's untimely death, a huge outpouring of tributes have flowed on social media.

Girlfriend Rhiannon Barrett said he would miss her "beautiful partner" and that their memories together would remain with her forever.

"I'll always remember him for his crazy and loving personality," she said.

"I'll also remember him for loving me so much...I was so grateful to have him by my side."

Anyone with information in relation to the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

Topics:  hit and run lockyer valley police toowoomba

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