Fa­tal crash at Fair­ney View

Gatton Star - - News -

MON­DAY’S fa­tal car crash in Fair­ney View has left another fam­ily dev­as­tated.

Ben Sturdy, 34, died when his Toy­ota HiLux crashed into a power pole af­ter veer­ing off the Bris­bane Val­ley Hwy at Fair­ney View, just be­fore mid­night on Sun­day.

The Fern­vale man has left be­hind his part­ner of three years, Julie Pozvek, who said she was griev­ing the loss of a “great guy”.

The pair was en­gaged to be mar­ried early next year, and Mr Sturdy was also Ms Pozvek’s carer.

“He was a good guy; he was awe­some. Ev­ery­one loved him and we are all very sad for him,” Ms Pozvek said.

Mr Sturdy had lived in the Ip­swich area for about five years af­ter mov­ing down from Mackay, where most of his fam­ily still re­sides.

Ms Pozvek said he had worked sev­eral jobs re­cently but had been tak­ing time off af­ter sus­tain­ing in­juries in a work-re­lated ac­ci­dent. He was about to turn 35. The cou­ple’s red cat­tle dog Dorky was in the ve­hi­cle with Mr Sturdy at the time and some­how sur­vived the crash – run­ning away from the scene when the ve­hi­cle caught fire, but then re­turn­ing later when the fire went out.

The dog was re­turned to Ms Pozvek yesterday.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the crash and are still un­able to com­ment on why the HiLux left the road, about 5km south of the Fern­vale town­ship.

Mr Sturdy was thrown from the ve­hi­cle and was be­lieved to have died in­stantly. Po­lice said the im­pact brought down pow­er­lines, caus­ing the ve­hi­cle to catch fire.


TRAGEDY: Ben Sturdy was killed in a car crash on the Bris­bane Val­ley Hwy on Mon­day morn­ing.

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