A man has been struck and killed as he attempted to cross the motorway.
A man has been struck and killed as he attempted to cross the motorway. Nicky Moffat

Fatal crash driver supported by mates

UPDATE 1.09PM: THE driver who fatally hit a 23-year-old Tanawha man on the Sunshine Motorway yesterday morning has returned to work today, saying it was best to face his colleagues' questions.   

"I thought the best thing to do was just to get back on the horse and answer any questions people have," he said.   

"It's a horrendous thing to have on your conscience, let me tell you."   

He said since the accident the experience had gone through his head over and over, and he was thankful for the support of his mates at work, who had been "great".   

"I think a million times between then and now I've wondered about his family, how they're all doing," he said.    "Has he got a partner? Has he got children? His parents?   

"I know how devastating loss of a family member is - through illness it's so hard, let alone being that young. Twenty-three - it's just so young."   

Tributes are flowing for the young victim on the Daily's Facebook page, with dozens of well wishes for the Tanawha man's family and friends, and for the driver.   

People who had passed the scene and seen the body on the road have also shared their shock and upset.   

"We saw a police van and the body covered in a white sheet or blanket," Zoe Searle, 20, said.    "It's the first I'd seen a body and I was just so shocked. It's so sad."   

Patricia Brown drove past the scene just before the police covered the young man, she said.   

"It absolutely broke my heart that he was laying there all alone with no one around him," she said.  

"A family was going to be told that their loved one has passed away in horrible circumstances.   

"Then the poor driver has to live with this for the rest of their life. The image of him laying there alone still pops into my head and I can't help but cry for him."


YESTERDAY 3.05pm: POLICE say the man who died after trying to cross the Sunshine Motorway about 4.40am was a 23-year-old Tanawha resident. 

His family has now been notified. 


'I can still hear the thud': fatal crash driver tells 

1.16PM: THE driver of the vehicle that hit a pedestrian in a fatal accident this morning says he can't get the sound of impact out of his head.

"I didn't have time to hit the brakes or anything, it was just sudden," Bill Burow said.

The Pacific Paradise resident was driving back from Brisbane where he had dropped a mate off when tragedy struck.

He glanced up as he was driving, he said, after the lights of a vehicle behind reflected in his rear view mirror.

"As a looked back on the road I saw a black shadow running directly in front of me," he said.

"I didn't have time to hit the breaks or anything, it was just sudden."

Mr Burow said he couldn't get the sound of impact out of his head.
"It's a bloody nightmare, it's horrendous," he said.

"One minute you're driving along and the next you're looking at a body on the side of the road.

"It's not something I'd wish on anybody.

"I always read about these things and saw them on TV, and I really feel for the family and for driver of the vehicle - you'd have to live with yourself for the rest of your life - but I never imagined I'd be one of those drivers.

"It's all very well to say don't beat yourself up, there's nothing you can do but that's still someone else's family.

"I don't know whether he's got children or a wife, but it's pretty hard not to think about it."

Mr Burow was tested for blood alcohol limit and returned a negative read. He would never drink and drive, after having lost a mother, grandfather and a cousin to drink drivers.  

A Sunshine Coast resident of more than 40 years, Mr Burow works as a security guard.

He would go straight back to work on Monday, he said, and answer everybody's questions.

"At the moment all I keep hearing over and over is that enormous crash, the thud," he said.

"It's the worst feeling I can tell you." 

Identity of man killed in fatal motorway incident is now known

10.41AM: Police say the man killed while attempting to cross the Sunshine Motorway at Maroochydore early this morning was in his mid-20s. 

10.03AM: Police say they know the identity of the victim and are contacting his relatives. 

9.51AM: The driver of the vehicle that hit a pedestrian trying to cross the Sunshine Motorway this morning made the phone call to emergency services.

Ambulance rushed to the scene near the Mooloolaba Rd north bound motorway exit, after receiving the call at 4.40am.

Queensland Ambulance Service Sunshine Coast operations centre supervisor Mark Stevens said the man had been thrown into the windscreen, receiving extensive head injuries and body trauma.

He died at the scene.

"When we arrived the original caller for the incident was the person that actually hit the pedestrian," he said. "They spoke to the QPS (Queensland Police Service) about it."

Mr Stevens said fatal accidents involving pedestrians rarely happened on the motorway.

"It does occur, but generally not on the motorway.

"Why would you cross at that time of night?"

He said it was unknown whether the pedestrian was drunk or under the influence of drugs.

"I don't know the condition of the person at the time but it's unusual to see someone crossing the motorway at this time of night, a hundred 'k zone in the dark.

"You don't know why."

UPDATE 9.26AM: Local residents and staff at shops in the quiet Mooloolaba streets nearest the incident were shocked to learn of the accident this morning.

Caleb Johnson, 23, started work early this morning at a small group of shops at Poinsettia Ave, and was saddened by the news.

"I don't know enough about the accident to know what happened - if it was bad driving or what happened," he said.

"It's never good to lose a life on the road.

"There's a lot of people out there who don't pay a lot of attention when they're driving."

Mr Johnson had lived in the area for years before moving to Sippy Downs and had never heard of any accidents involving pedestrians, or fatal incidents, on the motorway.

"I've seen accidents before but not someone being hit crossing the motorway, I haven't seen that happening before," he said.

7.41AM: THE northbound lanes of the Sunshine Motorway have been closed after a man was killed on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday morning.

The man was reportedly attempting to cross the road on the Sunshine Motorway at Maroochydore about 5am when he was struck by a vehicle.

He was declared dead at the scene.

The northbound lanes on the Sunshine Motorway have been closed between the Buderim and Maroochydore Rd.

The forensic crash unit is investigating the accident.

Police are urging drivers to avoid the area. Diversions are in place.

Police said the motorway section would be closed until at least 9am.

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