Pregnant victim’s dad ‘can’t even talk’

 

The father of a pregnant woman killed alongside her partner when they were struck by an allegedly stolen four-wheel-drive in Brisbane has been shocked into silence, her family says.

Kate Leadbetter, 31, and Matty Field, 37, died after the vehicle rolled and hit them while they were crossing the road in the bayside suburb of Alexandra Hills on Tuesday afternoon.

The couple, who were expecting a baby, could not be saved despite the efforts of witnesses and paramedics at the scene.

The 17-year-old alleged driver of the vehicle has been charged with two counts of murder.

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Kate Leadbetter and Matty Field died after being struck by this allegedly stolen LandCruiser. Picture: Steve Pohlner
Kate Leadbetter and Matty Field died after being struck by this allegedly stolen LandCruiser. Picture: Steve Pohlner

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Ms Leadbetter's aunt, Danielle, said the sudden tragedy has shocked the devastated family.

"John (Ms Leadbetter's father) is just in shock - he can't even talk," she told The Courier-Mail, adding "the whole family is in exactly the same state".

"If someone is sick and you know that they're going to die, you can prepare for that. You can't prepare for a tragedy like this."

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Kate Leadbetter was pregnant. Picture: Facebook
Kate Leadbetter was pregnant. Picture: Facebook

Danielle Leadbetter also attended Wednesday night's candlelight vigil for the couple at the intersection of Finucane and Vienna roads where they lost their lives.

She expressed outrage at their alleged killer being out on bail at the time of the crash.

"Enough is enough," she told reporters at the scene.

"It's 2021 and here we are again - two young lives are lost for a moment of thrills.

"Queenslanders need to get mad.

"No more loss of lives and no more families being killed because young offenders want a moment of fame."

Aunt of Kate Leadbetter, Danielle Leadbetter (centre), and husband Jason Leadbetter (far right) at the vigil. Picture: Richard Walker
Aunt of Kate Leadbetter, Danielle Leadbetter (centre), and husband Jason Leadbetter (far right) at the vigil. Picture: Richard Walker

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said there will be a coronial investigation and the teenage suspect's case will also go through the courts.

"I want answers just like everyone else as to why this young man was out on bail," Ms Palaszczuk said on Sunrise on Thursday.

Opposition leader David Crisafulli said they would be asking the "tough questions".

"Because from all of this tragedy, there is a platform, it's a terrible platform but we've already seen Danielle, who is the aunty (of Kate), and she's using it to effect change," he said.

"We intend to give every opportunity to make the changes that are needed because people deserve the right to be able to go out for a walk with their loved ones. Young people deserve the right to be able to raise a family. That's what we'll be fighting for, respectfully and decently, in the weeks and months ahead."

The teen, from Waterford West in Logan, has been remanded in custody on 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.

 

Originally published as Pregnant victim's dad 'can't even talk'


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