Driver charged with MURDER after a young motorcyclist, 22, was ‘left to die on the side of the road’ after being smashed into during an alleged ‘vigilante car chase’
- Jennifer Board, 22, was killed on Friday night during a horror crash in Townsville
- A 25-year-old man allegedly smashed a Holden into a Hyundai, which hit her
- She was killed at the scene and hundreds have since paid tribute to Ms Board
A driver has been charged with murder after a young motorcyclist was left to die on the side of the road following a smash between three vehicles.
Jennifer Board was killed when a car chase came to a dramatic end at an intersection in Thuringowa Central, in Townsville on Friday night.
A 25-year-old Douglas man is accused of ploughing a Holden Statesman into the rear of an allegedly stolen Hyundai, which then crossed onto the wrong side of the road and hit the 22-year-old’s bike.
The aspiring policewoman died on the scene.
Jennifer Board (pictured) was killed when a car chase came to a dramatic end at an intersection
The aspiring policewoman (pictured) died on the scene. A 25-year-old man has been charged with murder
Police will rely on a definition of murder that does not reply on intent, but on whether someone has committed a criminal act that is reckless or negligent where death is a likely consequence, The Courier-Mail reported.
He will face court in Townsville on Tuesday.
A local community banded together on Saturday to hold a memorial motorbike ride while loved ones of the young woman come to terms with the heartbreaking news.
Ms Board’s final post to Instagram in December showed her celebrating the moment she received her restricted motorcycle license, having got her learner’s permit three months earlier.
Jennifer Board, 22, (pictured) was killed after she was hit by a vehicle that had just ploughed into another car at an intersection in Thuringowa Central, in Townsville on Friday night
The 22-year-old’s last post to Instagram showed her celebrating the moment she received her restricted motorcycle license, having got her learner’s permit three months earlier
Her sister and best friend, Siana Board, said Jennifer was the ‘most genuine soul’, who loved the colour orange.
‘Jennifer has never hurt a single person in this life,’ Ms Board told the Courier Mail.
‘I couldn’t think of a worse person for this to happen to.’
Ms Board also revealed that her sister had recently applied for the police service.
Having just moved to Darwin, she is now desperately trying to get back to Queensland to farewell Jennifer.
Her sister and best friend, Siana Board, (left) said Jennifer (right) was the ‘most genuine soul’ and had dreamed of becoming a police officer
Ms Board (pictured) had been riding down the road just before 10pm on Friday when she was struck
‘There are no flights today … it destroyed me to move away from her, and now this happens,’ Ms Board said.
More than 100 motorcyclists rode down the street where Ms Board was killed on Saturday morning, with many donning orange in honour of the 22-year-old.
Hundreds of other locals laid orange flowers and carried orange balloons to pay their respects at the crash site.
Police alleged after the crash the stolen Hyundai fled the scene before the car was found abandoned in Garbutt an hour later.
The alleged driver of the Holden, a 25-year-old Bushland Beach man and his two passengers, a 41-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have any information regarding this incident to come forward as investigations continue.
The collision allegedly happened a vigilante member of the public decided to ‘aggressively’ follow the allegedly stolen car, crossing the median strip of the road into the motorcycle’s path.
Superintendent Glen Ponting said: ‘I very strongly caution against any form of vigilante action.
‘Often times while people may have good intentions, it can result in unintended consequences.’
Hundreds of mourners gathered at the crash site on Saturday to farewell the young motorcyclist