Moss­man man hit by truck

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A MOSS­MAN fa­ther killed while sleep­ing on the road last week was the sixth per­son to die in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances in just 12 years.

The Moss­man community is in mourn­ing af­ter 26-year-old Lionel Bam­boo was killed when he was hit by a truck on Alchera Drive last Wed­nes­day night.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred around 11.45pm near the cor­ner of Alchera Dr and Blain St where Bam­boo was al­legedly asleep on the road.

One eye­wit­ness, who wished not to be named, said he had seen Mr Bam­boo on the road prior to the in­ci­dent and thought his friends, who were nearby, were go­ing to move him to safety.

The B-dou­ble truck driven by a 28-year-old White Rock man al­legedly did not see him on the road when the truck hit him.

The dis­traught truck driver stopped im­me­di­ately and au­thor­i­ties were quickly at the scene but noth­ing could be done to save Mr Bam­boo.

Moss­man po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Sergeant Mathew Smith said Mr Bam­boo, who re­cently cel­e­brated the birth of his first child, was well known in the Moss­man Gorge community. “He was bit of a lar­rikin,” he said. “I had only spo­ken to him that day and he will be sadly missed.

“The Moss­man community is def­i­nitely in shock and mourn­ing.

Sadly, this has hap­pened be­fore in Moss­man.

“I have been here for 12 years and I can think of six peo­ple off the top of my head.”

The truck driver was un­in­jured but was treated for shock and the Foren­sic Crash Unit seized the truck for stan­dard ve­hi­cle in­spec­tions. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions were car­ried out at the scene last Sun­day.

On the night of the tragedy, an un­known of­fender smashed the win­dows of the nearby Cal­tex petrol sta­tion nearby in frus­tra­tion.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to come for­ward. If you have any in­for­ma­tion contact Moss­man Po­lice on 4098 2177 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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