The Courier-Mail

Traffic controller killed

- TOM SNOWDON

A 50-YEAR-OLD traffic controller has died after being hit by a car at a worksite southwest of Brisbane.

The man was conducting traffic at the site on Barry Drive, Redbank Plains, about 9.45am yesterday, when he was hit by a car driven by a woman in her 60s, police said.

His workmates tried to treat his severe injuries but the man died at the scene, Queensland Ambulance Service medical director Stephen Rashford said.

“QAS sent a number of officers, a number of criticalca­re paramedics, advancedca­re paramedics and a trauma response team from Brisbane,” Dr Rashford said.

“It’s particular­ly traumatic for everyone involved and it’s absolutely devastatin­g for his work companions.”

The female driver was not injured.

The Forensic Crash Unit has been called in for a full investigat­ion of the incident. BRUCE and Denise Morcombe have unveiled new resource kits to help both Queensland children with special needs and indigenous kids stay safe.

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation yesterday launched the new “Keeping Kids Safe” material aimed at educating both children with special needs and their parents about how they can minimise danger.

Materials designed to be more accessible to indigenous children were also introduced.

“These children are so vulnerable, they’re so friendly, they’ll talk to anybody and we just want them to be aware that they need to trust their body clues and get some help if they need to,” Denise Morcombe said at an event at the Claremont Special School.

Bruce Morcombe said the punchier text was fun and engaging “and we know that the kids will remember some of the little skits that are there”. JASON TIN A FORMER bikie involved in the notorious Broadbeach brawl ran the mother of his child off the road before launching into a terrifying attack that left her clinging to life, it is alleged.

Lionel Patea, 24, is accused of using his 4WD Jeep to force the woman’s vehicle off Macquarie Ave, at Molendinar, about 8.45am yesterday. The vehicle crashed down a 3m embankment, damaging a brick wall at a house.

He then ran about 50m back down the road to the crash site before allegedly smashing in the 24-yearold woman’s face with a piece of metal as she lay in the upturned vehicle.

Last night, she was fighting for life in Gold Coast University Hospital.

It is understood there is a “significan­t history” of domestic violence between the two. Their three-year-old daughter was dropped at daycare before the incident.

Local resident Ted Harding told The CourierMai­l that he ran out to help after hearing a “loud crunching sound, like a rea really bad car crash”.cra

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VIOLENT PAST: Lionel Patea and the woman in a Facebook photo; the woman is removed from the upturned car (right).
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