Commissioner Bob Atkinson
Commissioner Bob Atkinson

Police officer leaves wife, young son and daughter

HEARTFELT tributes have flowed for a "quiet achiever'' policeman and father who was one of two motorists killed in a horror smash on the RockhamptonYeppoon Road.

Senior Constable Malcolm Mackenzie, 43, of North Rockhampton Police Station, died when the Mazda sedan he was driving and a Pajero four-wheeldrive collided head-on on Monday, about 9.30pm.

The driver of the Pajero, Graham Brown, 54, of Yeppoon, was also killed in the accident, on the straight stretch of road about 100m east of Mulara Road.

Senior Constable Mackenzie's colleague, Constable Michael Koellner, 29, who was a passenger in the vehicle, is in a stable condition in Rockhampton Hospital.

The constable, who was married with no children, suffered internal injuries.

Inspector David Scott said the police officers, both Yeppoon residents, had been on their way to work in Rockhampton for a shift starting at 10pm.

While police were still investigating the circumstances sur- rounding the accident, Inspector Scott said a storm in the area at the time could have contributed to the accident.

"The conditions were very poor at the time. It was towards the latter part of a storm. There was strong winds and heavy rain.''

Senior Constable Mackenzie leaves a wife, an 11-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter.

"It's an extremely sombre day,'' Inspector Scott said. A lot of people are finding it very hard to come to terms with what's occurred.''

Inspector Scott said Senior Constable Mackenzie was a "very good police officer who was a quiet achiever very highly regarded''.

Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said Senior Constable Mackenzie was "an officer who would rather avoid confrontation and violence and always tried to talk people around. He was a very fine police officer and a very fine person.''

Police and the families of the accident victims were receiving counselling.

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