TRAGIC END: Police were confronted with this scene after Peter Pekkarinen died in this car crash near Sapphire on Friday night. His car rolled after her lost control.
TRAGIC END: Police were confronted with this scene after Peter Pekkarinen died in this car crash near Sapphire on Friday night. His car rolled after her lost control.

Sapphire tragedy claims husband, father

"HE WAS a good man, a caring man and a wonderful man."

That's the message Peter Pekkarinen's widow Elaine wants to get across.

Mr Pekkarinen died on Friday night, when he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree just outside of Sapphire in the Gemfields.

Elaine only lost her last husband, Noel Baines, in March when he was found dead in his car in a dam at Tomahawk Creek after being missing for weeks.

She said losing Peter was "heart breaking" and the couple, who called each other "Bubba", had only married a few months ago.

"But we knew each other for two years," she said.

"Peter was very well known out here because of his jewellery - everything was hand-cast and original.

"He had two sons, Ryan and Ethan, and a daughter Kathy and he loved them so much."

Mr Pekkarinen was one of four people who died on central Queensland roads in the 24 hours between Friday and Saturday, including two boys killed in a two-vehicle crash at Coppabella and a woman at Rolleston.

Rolleston police officer-in-charge Senior Constable Andrew Donohue said people should be careful on the roads.

"People need to drive to the conditions and be aware, especially when they're driving long distances," Snr Const Donohue said.

Snr Const Donohue was on the scene of the Rolleston crash and said investigations into its cause were continuing.

"The vehicle was travelling east on the Dawson Hwy and about 10km west of Rolleston, the car left the road, was driven through a fence into a paddock and hit a tree," he said.

Two passengers escaped with injuries that were not serious but the third, a woman aged 30 who was trapped in the car for about two hours, died at the scene.

Rod and Roslyn Murray, formerly of Emerald, travelled to Moranbah to be with family after their nephews were killed in the two vehicle crash at Coppabella. The boys, aged 15 and nine, were travelling in the back of a sedan with their parents and heading home to Moranbah after a weekend in Mackay.

All three fatal crashes left central Queensland reeling, and highlight the message to be safe on the region's roads.

QLD road toll to November 3:

  •    Total fatalities 2013: 238
  •   Total fatalities 2012: 237
  •   Total fatal crashes 2013: 214
  •   Total fatal crashes 2012: 216

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