Rider dies in road accident
SONS of the Southern Cross president and Ipswich dad-of-two Steve “Towball” Fitzsimons, 43, has died in a crash involving three motorbikes on the Bruce Hwy.
The men were part of a group of five motorcyclists making their way towards Brisbane from Childers on Sunday.
All five riders were in the right-hand lane, with two groups of riders two abreast and the fifth rider behind when they were travelling south about 11.20am.
A United Motorcycle Clubs of Queensland spokesman said the organisation would do everything it could to lessen the burden on his family, including his two daughters.
“It’s a sad day for the motorcycling community,” the spokesman told the Courier-Mail.
“Towball was a good bloke who believed in everything he was doing. He had a lot of love for his family.”
Tributes have been posted from fellow motorcycle clubs.
“We are shocked, devastated and saddened to bring you the news that our founder and national president lost his life in an accident while on a club run this morning in Qld,” the Adelaide branch of the club posted on Facebook.
The crash happened as the group of riders approached the bridge over Beerburrum Creek.
A police spokesman said for unknown reasons one of the motorcycles veered right, hitting a guard rail.
This caused a spiral of events with a second motorcycle colliding with the first, knocking the rider off.
A third motorcycle then collided with the same rider.
A 47-year-old Browns Plains man, the rider of another motorcycle, was also injured and was taken to Caboolture Hospital with a shoulder injury.
The southbound lanes of the highway were closed for several hours. This caused extensive traffic delays to the already busy end-of-weekend traffic.
The forensic crash unit is investigating.
BIKE RIDER: Steve “Towball” Fitzsimons (left), with a fellow rider, lost his life in a crash on the Bruce Hwy.