Rider dies in road ac­ci­dent

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIKE RIDER: Steve “Tow­ball” Fitzsi­mons (left), with a fel­low rider, lost his life in a crash on the Bruce Hwy.

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