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Mate pays tribute to funny character and CQ bullrider

10.55am: YOUNG Rockhampton bull rider Corey West has described his good mate Karem Dunne, who died in a car accident near Springsure on Saturday night, as one of the funniest characters in CQ rodeo circles.

"He's just one of those blokes you can't get mad at… and he was always there when you needed help," West said.

Corey, 18, said he was shocked to find out about Karem's death.

He had known Karem, 20, for more than four years.

The last time Corey had seen and caught up with his mate, was at a rodeo event at the Great Western Hotel three weekends ago.

5am: A TALENTED bull rider who was remembered for his cheeky grin and kind heart is being mourned by a shocked CQ community.

Karem Dunne died after a single-vehicle accident near Springsure on Saturday night.

The 20-year-old man from Buckland was travelling along the Dawson Hwy with another 20-year-old man from Springsure when the accident happened, about 25km south of Springsure.

While Karem died at the scene, his friend suffered a suspected spinal injury, lacerations to his back, trauma to his right ankle and bruising to his forehead after being ejected from the vehicle.

Friends from across Central Queensland remembered Karem as a popular young cowboy who was a regular on the campdraft and rodeo circuit and often the life of the party.

He was praised for his honesty, kindness and infectious smile in a long list of tributes posted online.

"Fly high li'l cowboy, forever young, forever at peace," was one of the comments.

Karem had gone to boarding school at Rockhampton Grammar School but is from Buckland, which is about 418km south-west of Rockhampton, and about 83km south-west of Springsure.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the cause of the crash.

The other man was transported by ambulance to Emerald Hospital where the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service took him through to Rockhampton Hospital.

He is currently in a stable condition.

Road Toll:

  • Karem Dunne is the 27th fatality in the Central region for 2015
  • It is the fifth in the Capricornia district

Topics:  car crash, editors picks, roads, rockhampton



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