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Premier’s gesture as family still ‘speechless’ over crash

The aunty of Kate Leadbetter has revealed the young woman's father is in "a state of shock" and can't speak about the death of his beloved daughter.

Ms Leadbetter- who was six-months pregnant - was killed when an allegedly stolen Toyota LandCruiser ploughed into her and her partner, Matthew Fields, in Brisbane's east on Tuesday afternoon.

The pair - aged 31 and 37 respectively - were walking their two dogs when police claim the 17-year-old driver hit them near their Alexandra Hills home after 5pm.

 

Matty Field and Kate Leadbetter were killed while walking their dogs at Alexandra Hills. Picture: Facebook
Matty Field and Kate Leadbetter were killed while walking their dogs at Alexandra Hills. Picture: Facebook

 

The teen has been charged with murder and driving offences, after he allegedly fled the scene and was filmed in a road rage incident with another driver minutes earlier.

 

Premier Annastacia Plaszczuk and Police Commissioner Katrina Carroll on Friday laid flowers at the Alexandra Hills site of the horror crash.

Ms Palaszczuk and Ms Carroll attended the site silently and left a bunch of red, pink and purple flowers tied with pink bows.

The flowers joined hundreds of others as a bright display lit up the corner of Finucane Road and Vienna Road in memory of the young family.

Toys of all sizes, including two Careflight bears accompanied heartfelt notes, a pair of baby socks, candles and lanterns at the site.

 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Queensland Police Service Commissioner Katarina Carroll lay flowers for Kate Leadbetter and Matty Field at the intersection of Vienna and Finucane roads at Alexandra Hills. Picture: Richard Walker
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Queensland Police Service Commissioner Katarina Carroll lay flowers for Kate Leadbetter and Matty Field at the intersection of Vienna and Finucane roads at Alexandra Hills. Picture: Richard Walker

 

"May you Rest In Peace," one note read.

"We will make sure you all will be remembered forever and your darling baby."

Another note read: "we are heart broken and hope you can Rest In Peace."

Locals continued to attend the memorial, where they laid flowers, lit candles and said prayers throughout Friday.

 

Ms Leadbetter's aunty, Danielle Leadbetter, said the family never got a chance to say goodbye.

"John (Ms Leadbetter's father) is just in shock - he can't even talk," Danielle said.

"The whole family is in exactly the same state. It's a state of shock. 

"If someone is sick and you know that they're going to die, you can prepare for that. You can't prepare for a tragedy like this."

 

Mourners at the scene of the fatal crash. Picture: Steve Pohlner
Mourners at the scene of the fatal crash. Picture: Steve Pohlner

 

Danielle said a number of families affected by youth crime had contacted them with the aim of strengthening Queensland's laws.

More than 75,000 signatures had been placed on a petition calling on tougher bail laws.

"I have been contacted by numerous other people who have been affected in a similar way to what has occurred over the last few days," Danielle said.

"They've just said 'we want to be with you' - we want our voices heard and we don't believe we got justice.

"Hopefully no one else has to be traumatised by an event like this."

 

Kate Leadbetter. Picture: Facebook
Kate Leadbetter. Picture: Facebook

 

One of the Leadbetter's family homes was quiet yesterday, as mourners brought a bouquet of flowers and left them outside.

Ms Leadbetter's dog, Frankie, which became lost after her and her partner's death, has been returned to the family after being taken to the vet yesterday.

 

 

 

Originally published as Premier's gesture as family still 'speechless' over horror crash