Car rampage claims life of Yamanto woman, 97
UPDATE: A 97-year-old Yamanto woman admitted to the Ipswich General Hospital following a traffic crash at Churchill on Monday, September 7, passed away yesterday afternoon.
On September 7, police charged a man with 16 offences - including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm - following a series of incidents that occurred in Churchill that morning.
Police will alleged that at approximately 8.45am, a vehicle being driven by a man collided with around 10 other vehicles along a three kilometres stretch on Moffatt Street and Warwick Road.
The vehicle then stopped outside a school in Churchill where police will allege he attempted to steal another vehicle.
Members of the public restrained the man before police arrived and took him into custody.
A 52-year-old Ipswich man appeared in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on September 8 charged with 16 offences including two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and one count each of attempted unlawful entry of a vehicle for committing an indictable offence, common assault, and unlawful entry of a vehicle for committing an indictable offence.
TUESDAY: IT WAS like something out of Grand Theft Auto.
Traffic on Warwick Rd was thrown into chaos yesterday when a vehicle smashed into at least 10 vehicles, before the driver stopped outside a school and allegedly tried to hijack another car.
Witnesses said the incidents took place along a 3km stretch of Warwick Rd, from the intersection with Moffatt St, about 8.45am.
Ipswich mum Julie Soares was on her way to pick up her daughter from camp when she saw the start of the incident.
Ms Soares said about six cars were damaged at the intersection.
The carnage continued on Warwick Rd as the vehicle hit more vehicles before stopping in front of a school in Churchill.
The driver then allegedly attempted to steal another vehicle.
Members of the public tackled the man to the ground and restrained him before police arrived and took him into custody.
A Churchill resident, who wished not to be named, witnessed the arrest as it unfolded outside his house.
"I heard a loud 'bang' and went outside to see what had happened," he said.
The 37-year-old described the scene as "crazy".
The driver's vehicle is believed to have collided with about 10 cars during the incidents.
As a result, two people were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Parts of Warwick Rd were closed for up to seven hours as crews cleared the accident scenes and police carried out their investigations.
A 52-year-old man was arrested in connection with the series of incidents and charged with multiple offences including dangerous operation of a vehicle.
He is being held now in custody and is due to face Ipswich Magistrates Court today.
Anyone with information that could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.