Police investigating this morning’s fatal traffic incident in which a male pedestrian died have identified the man as a 37-year-old from Longreach.
A senior officer from Longreach visited the man’s family this morning and will remain in contact with them throughout the investigation.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said his thoughts and condolences are with the man’s family and that police will provide them, and Assistant Commissioner Taylor, with the support needed during what he describes as a ‘terrible tragedy on many levels’.
Commissioner Stewart said a thorough and impartial investigation would be conducted with police from Brisbane sent to Cairns to conduct the investigation.
“I have sent specialists in traffic crash analysis, scene processing and of course investigators from the Ethical Standards Command to conduct this investigation.
“It is important that the public have confidence in the impartiality and integrity of the investigation which is why police from Brisbane have been sent. It is also why Assistant Commissioner Paul Taylor has been stood aside,” Commissioner Stewart said.
Forensic Crash investigators, along with Scenes of Crime officers and investigators from the Ethical Standards Command have travelled from Brisbane to Cairns and are currently investigating the incident.
The Crime and Corruption Commission and the State Coroner have also been notified.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.