A pregnant woman and her boyfriend made a fateful decision that cost them their lives moments before they were allegedly mowed down and killed by a teenager high on drugs.
Kate Leadbetter, 31, and her boyfriend Matthew Field, 37, were about to become parents for the first time before a 17-year-old boy allegedly slammed into them in a stolen Toyota 4WD in Alexandra Hills, in, on .
The couple were taking their dogs, Frankie and Django, for their usual afternoon walk at 5.30pm on Tuesday when they were both struck. The parents-to-be died at the scene.
Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field would usually make a right turn when they left their home for their daily exercise with their pets.
But on the day of the fatal crash, they turned left and walked towards the busy intersection where they took their final breaths,reported.
Kate Leadbetter, 31, and her boyfriend Matthew Field, 37, were killed during a horror car crash in Alexandra Hills, in east Brisbane on Tuesday at 5.30pm
Loved ones console each other during a vigil for the young couple on Wednesday night
The 17-year-old alleged driver has since been charged with two counts of murder.
It’s believed the teen was on bail for other driving offences including evading police.
Assistant Police Commissioner Brian Codd said the most hardened members of the force had been rocked by the tragedy.
‘We, the police department, along with our community, are hurting. Dealing with this sort of tragedy – which is preventable – is incredibly frustrating,’ he told the Today show on Thursday.
‘I’m limited by law [by what I can say]. I’m not going to compromise our investigation and prosecution.
‘The reality of it is… It’s something that does my head in.
‘I am angry. I’m angry and my people are angry. They’re frustrated and they’re heartbroken… Can you imagine going and telling a family about the loss of a loved one? It has an impact on our people but we’re providing them enormous support.’
Kate Leadbetter (right) was six months pregnant and excited to start a family with her long-term boyfriend Matty Field (left) when they were rundown and killed in Brisbane on Tuesday
Locals have since banded together to hold a vigil on the corner of Finucane and Vienna Road – the intersection where the couple tragically lost their lives
Today host Karl Stefanovic said the story of the ‘beaming and beautiful’ expectant parents breaks his heart.
‘Just at Christmas. Holding a picture of their unborn baby. Their whole lives ahead of them,’ he said on Thursday morning after learning of the couple’s walking route.
‘But in one horrifying moment on a bayside suburban street that was ripped apart.
‘As they left home to walk their dog, we learn this morning they made a fateful decision, turning left when they would ordinarily turn right.
‘Moments later, they were struck and killed.’
Locals banded together on Wednesday night to hold a vigil on the corner of Finucane and Vienna Road – the intersection where the couple tragically lost their lives.
Ms Leadbetter’s aunt, Danielle Leadbetter, bravely spoke out about the horrific incident which took the life of her ‘beautiful’ niece.
‘No parent should have to bury their child. Ever. I feel sorry for everyone involved. The paramedics, police, the people who witnessed it. You never get over a traumatic event,’ Ms Leadbetter said.
A mourner lays a bouquet of flowers down at the intersection where Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were killed
The shattered aunt and uncle of Ms Leadbetter, Danielle and Jason Leadbetter (pictured at vigil), said they would always remember their ‘beautiful’ niece
‘I just really would like Queensland to instead of just posting to social media, campaign for change. That is what we need. Campaign for change, campaign for justice, and let’s stop this ridiculous loss of life.
‘She was just everything that is beautiful in this world so Queenslanders posting on social media, I’m reading it, you’re angry, let’s change the laws, take this anger and challenge it into something positive so it’s not your child that you are burying one day.
‘I hope that Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and our lawmakers are watching this.’
Countless bouquets of flowers and teddy bears were laid at the scene while loved ones bravely spoke out about the loss of the couple.
Distraught residents found comfort in each other’s arms as crowds turned up to honour the young couple.
Candles were laid around the memorial which is only expected to grow as the vigil continues on into the night
Distraught mourners turned out in droves to the vigil on Wednesday night after the beloved couple were killed in a horror crash
Candles were laid around the memorial which is only expected to grow as the vigil continues on into the night.
Relatives, locals, children and politicians all paid their respects to the couple on Wednesday evening as the community struggles to accept their deaths.
A little girl was captured in a heartbreaking photo laying a bouquet of flowers at the couple’s memorial while two other distraught children were seen sitting arm-in-arm.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered his condolences and said his ‘heart breaks’ for the friends and families of the victims.
‘Three beautiful young lives gone in the blink of an eye. I cannot begin to imagine the grief their families are feeling,’ he wrote on Wednesday night.
Mourners were seen at the vigil late on Wednesday night to honour the couple killed
Heartbroken loved ones are seen at the tribute service held for Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field
The tribute has grown throughout the day with loved ones and residents dropping off flowers, stuffed animals and candles
‘I’d like to extend my thanks and support to the first responders and witnesses to this horrific accident who fought so hard to try and save their lives.
‘Some very small comfort to hear one of the couple’s dogs, Frankie, who had run off from the scene last night was found late this morning after the local community rallied together to help find her after a plea from Kate’s family.’
Ms Leadbetter, who was six months pregnant, is understood to have been working as an interior stylist while her partner worked in fabrications.
The young couple had recently shared a photo of their baby’s ultrasound as they stood proudly in front of a Christmas tree.
Queensland Police are now investigating the possibility of laying more charges against the teenager over the death of Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field’s unborn baby.
Flowers, teddy bears and letters were left at the intersection where a young couple were killed on Australia Day
A young child is seen laying a bouquet of flowers at the vigil on Wednesday
The vigil started at 6pm at the intersection in Alexandra Hills as hundreds of locals paid their respects
Children are seen laying candles at the memorial for the couple in Brisbane’s east
Families lay flowers and candles at the vigil on Wednesday night. The couple were due to become parents in just three months before they were killed
‘That’s certainly something we’ll be considering as part of the ongoing investigation,’ Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Brian Cold said on Wednesday.
‘Here’s two people going about their business innocently on Australia Day, walking their dogs, they should be entitled to do that.
‘To have them ripped away from their families is an absolute tragedy, and I can assure you it’s impacted very heavily on the first responders and witnesses who faced that.’
The 17-year-old had allegedly been driving erratically through the intersection when he ploughed into a tow truck.
His car then began to roll and moments later collided with the couple walking their two dogs.
Ms Leadbetter, 31, and Mr Field, 37, died instantly, while their dog Frankie who they had been walking, fled from the scene
A woman wipes away tears during a vigil held for Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field at the intersection where they were killed
Huge crowds were seen at the vigil on Wednesday night on the corner of Finucane and Vienna Road
Harrowing scenes are pictured at the memorial held on Wednesday night following the tragic deaths of a young Brisbane couple
The 17-year-old from Waterford West was due to front Brisbane Children’s Court on Wednesday but chose not to appear.
At a hearing in his absence he was remanded in custody. The teen is understood to have been on bail for 50 unrelated offences when the crash occurred.
Outside court the teen’s lawyer Patrick Horgan said it had been a ‘very traumatic experience for everyone involved’.
As their families struggle to come to terms with the tragedy, the pregnant woman’s sister shared the heartbreaking photo showing Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field in happier times over Christmas.
Arm-in-arm and smiling, Mr Field held up the framed photo of the ultrasound, while in the background was a display that read: Santa baby.
‘Here’s two people going about their business innocently on Australia Day, walking their dogs, they should be entitled to do that,’ Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd said of the deaths of Mr Field and Ms Leadbetter
Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field’s dog Frankie is carried out of bushland on Wednesday morning at the end of a long search by locals, friends and family to find the dog
Frankie (pictured) survived the horrific crash but fled the scene in terror immediately after
Ms Leadbetter’s sister Kimberley shared the photo to Facebook on Wednesday in a bid to help the dozens of locals who spent the morning searching for missing pooch Frankie, the couple’s beloved pet.
The dog fled the scene in the aftermath of the crash leading some locals to search well into the night, before continuing on with their hunt on Wednesday morning.
But a large search party discovered Frankie alive and well in bushland about 11.30am AEST on Wednesday.
She was carried out of the dense bushland by the search party and will be taken to a local vet for a check up.
Apage has now been set up to help cover the medical costs for Frankie.
Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field had been dating for more than four years and were expecting their first child
The couple’s beloved dog Frankie was missing on Tuesday night after she fled the scene but was fortunately found on Wednesday morning just before midday
The Toyota LandCruiser that the teenager was allegedly driving lies damaged at the scene of the horror crash around 5.30pm on Tuesday
Police alleged the 17-year-old fled the scene before he was arrested nearby and taken to hospital for minor injuries.
Shocking footage has since surfaced of the teenager allegedly speeding through an intersection before smashing into another vehicle just 15 minutes before the fatal crash.
Nearby drivers screamed in horror as the Toyota sped through the intersection, attempting to cut off a silver hatchback before crashing into the vehicle’s side – only to then speed off into the distance.
The driver, who was wearing sunglasses, had been seen allegedly making crude gestures towards other motorists while stopped at the traffic lights before slamming into the hatchback.
Police allege the teenage boy was driving erratically through the intersection when his car smashed into a tow truck.
Police allege the Toyota then rolled across the road straight into the couple, who died at the scene.
It is understood Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field never saw the car coming.
Mr Field was killed instantly while desperate attempts from passersby were made to save his girlfriend’s life.
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