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Queensland Couple Walking Their Dogs Killed After Being Hit By Car

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Queensland Couple Walking Their Dogs Killed After Being Hit By Car

A horror crash in Brisbane has left a woman and her partner dead after they were hit by a car allegedly being driven by a teenager.

Kate Leadbetter, 31, was six months pregnant with her partner Matty Field's, 37, child when they were suddenly struck and killed by the vehicle as they walked their dogs.

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Emergency services were called to the three-vehicle collision around 5.30 pm on Tuesday on Finucane Rd, near Vienna Rd at Alexandra Hills.

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Police allege a 17-year-old was driving the stolen Landcruiser 4WD when he went through a red light and ploughed into a truck, resulting in the death of the pair and their unborn child on the scene.

The alleged driver of the stolen vehicle was arrested a short time later after. He's accused of attempting to flee the scene of the crash and police say he stole a set of car keys and tried to start a nearby car.

A quick-thinking local resident crash tackled the man and restrained him until police arrived.

"I saw him walking across the lawn, acted like I was going to run him over, stopped, jumped out," the resident said.

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"Got him on to the ground. He went to get up so I give him a kick or two, put him on his face and held him until the police arrived."

Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd on said the tragedy was an 'incredibly sad and difficult' set of circumstances.

"The terrible tragedy that I'm talking about has resulted in two and potentially three innocent lives being lost," he said.

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"Despite the incredible efforts of witnesses and later Queensland Ambulance Service, both pedestrians died at the scene.

"Tragically, and from advice from the family and the QAS, we understand that Katherine was pregnant."

"The family are devastated. Here were two people going about their business innocently, walking their dog on Australia Day.

"They should be entitled to do that. To have them ripped away from their families is an absolute tragedy ... It shouldn't happen."

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Queensland Acting Chief Superintendent Chris Stream told Today: "Our thoughts are with their friends and family and in fact, even the local community where the accident occurred,"

"Something that we know was absolutely avoidable and is a horrible situation."

There was a frantic search for one of the couple's dogs, who disappeared after the crash.

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Queensland Police confirmed that Frankie had thankfully been located.

A post about the missing dog had been circulated on social media on Tuesday night and begged people to try and find her.

"She urgently requires medication for a condition," it read.

"If she is located, please contact Capalaba Police or convey her to Manly Road vet who will contact family members."

Frankie was confirmed to have been found alive in bushland around 11 am on Wednesday.

The 17-year-old driver of the stolen car has been charged with two counts of murder, one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle (adversely affected by an intoxicating substance), two counts of burglary and one count each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and attempted unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

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Topics: News, Australia

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