Drink drive question hangs over fatality

DANGEROUS: The road in Cooroy near where Thursday afternoon’s fatal accident occurred.
DANGEROUS: The road in Cooroy near where Thursday afternoon’s fatal accident occurred. Geoff Potter

DRINK driving is being considered as the possible cause of a car crash that killed an 84-year-old Glastonbury woman near Cooroy on Thursday afternoon.

Sunshine Coast District Forensic Crash Unit Acting Sergeant Duncan Hale yesterday said the woman was the passenger in a sedan driven by her 83-year-old husband when it was struck by an on-coming car on Elm St.

Acting Sgt Hale said a 44-year-old Pomona woman was driving a sedan east when she allegedly crossed the road and collided head-on with the west-bound couple as they crossed a railway bridge.

The 84-year-old woman was taken to Nambour General Hospital with serious injuries, but died during surgery.

The woman has been identified, but her family has asked the media to not reveal her name.

Her husband yesterday remained in Nambour General Hospital Intensive Care Unit in an induced coma after suffering life-threatening injuries, including multiple fractures.

The 44-year-old woman was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and Acting Sgt Hale said a blood sample was taken and forwarded to police forensic toxicology to determine if there was alcohol in her system.

"Alcohol consumption is one factor being considered, along with other factors," Acting Sgt Hale said.

A number of Cooroy residents lamented the loss of life, saying the stretch needed improvement, particularly around the tricky intersection on the western side of the bridge heading into Cooroy itself.

"Everyone thinks it's a ridiculous intersection," a local service station attendant said.

Owner of Ausmar Homes at Cooroy, Tony Bryan, said the intersection had improved of late, but had been particularly problematic in years past.

"It used to be a bugger of an intersection but about three years ago they altered it; since then I thought it was pretty good," he said.

Cooroy Chamber of Commerce president Danielle Taylor said there was an argument for an upgrade of the intersection.

"It definitely could be improved," she said.

"It's sort of an unusual set-up where you're actually giving way to traffic that crosses right in front of you and I've never seen that anywhere else.

"There's a give way sign there but it's still quite confusing."

She said the Chamber had been pushing for a review of the current set-up, but so far had made no progress, although she accepted there were other more urgent black spots that needed addressing.

"As far as I'm aware the intersection isn't a high-crash rating one," Ms Taylor said.

"I sort of understand that it's not high on the priority list, because there's other intersections where people are dying regularly, but it's still problematic."

Gympie Times

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