Father of four killed in rollover days from Christmas
FOUR siblings are coming to terms with the death of their father, just days from Christmas.
Sarina man James McFadden, 45, was tragically killed while driving home from working in the mines on Tuesday afternoon.
His vehicle was found overturned on an isolated section of the Sarina-Marlborough Rd south-west of Mackay just before 5pm.
He leaves behind four young children, aged between 15 and 24.
Mackay Acting Superintendent Ian Haughton said information suggested Mr McFadden's vehicle had veered off the road to avoid a dead kangaroo, however. it has not been confirmed if that was the cause of the crash.
He said it was understood the vehicle swiped a tree, before rolling.
The car was discovered by a passing motorist.
Mr McFadden's death comes just days after a 69-year-old Grasstree Beach woman died in a single vehicle rollover on the Bruce Highway about 3km south of Kalarka Road House, near Clairview.
She was travelling with her 14-year-old grandson, from Boondall in Brisbane's north. It's believed the pair was heading south to Rockhampton.
The teenager only sustained minor arm injuries and was taken to Mackay Base Hospital.
It's been a horror three months on the region's roads, with 11 fatal road accidents throughout the Mackay Police District.
In the first nine months of the year, there were a further nine fatalities.
The last time the region saw the number of fatalities rise above 20 was in 2013, when there were 23 deaths on the region's roads.
The Mackay Police District makes up more than 50% of fatalities in the Central Police Region, which includes the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and the Sunshine Coast police regions.
Act Supt Haughton, who attended the Clairview crash at the weekend, said both of the accidents were extremely tragic.
Former Sarina Shire Mayor and current Mackay Region councillor Karen May said any loss of life was very upsetting for any community, but particularly so around the holiday period. Two local families are now grieving throughout the festive season due to fatal crashes.
It's prompted a stern warning from Acting Supt Haughton, who was visibly upset at a press conference yesterday.
"I can't emphasise enough the tragic impact this has on the family," he said.
"We are asking all members of the community: if you are travelling long distances in areas where your car is going to reach the speed of 100km/h, or some areas 110km/h, we are asking you to be vigilant and be careful with what you are doing.
"You don't need to be breaking the road rules or doing something silly for instances to result in the death of a driver or a passenger.
"Please be careful."
Acting Supt Haughton dismissed the statistics being a regional issue, and said every crash was different.
"They are all subjective to where, when, how, why (and) the actions of the driver," he said.
"But what we've seen in the last four days are just traffic incidents where we are struggling to see what the causal factors were other than something simple that's happened."
Investigations into both crashes are ongoing.
A Gofundme page has been set up to help Mr McFadden's son with his schooling and the children with maintenance on the family home.