Police officer who lost leg at RBT site urges care on road
THE Beerwah police office who lost his right leg after being hit at an RBT site last Friday has urged everyone on the road to remember their actions can affect the life of someone else.
Senior Constable Len Elliott was struck by a motorcycle while on-duty last Friday on Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah.
In a statement released by police on Thursday, he said: "My family and I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts through this difficult time."
"I am overwhelmed and incredibly appreciative of all the support I have received from my family, my colleagues at the Queensland Police Service and my friends.
"I am also grateful for all the kind thoughts from members of the public.
"I would like people to remember that every decision they make on the road can affect the life of someone else.
Police officer hit by motorbike at Beerwah has lost his leg
A BEERWAH police officer has lost his right leg after being hit by a motorcycle at an RBT site last Friday night.
Police have confirmed surgeons were unable to save Senior Constable Len Elliott's leg after the horrific incident on Steve Irwin Way near the intersection with Roys Rd.
The 44-year-old suffered what police initially described as "traumatic injuries" when he was hit by the motorcycle as its rider allegedly attempted to avoid the RBT site at high speed.
Const Elliott underwent surgery at Royal Brisbane Hospital, but his leg could not be saved.
Sunshine Coast Central Patrol Group Inspector Jason Overland said Snr Const Elliott had undergone further surgery yesterday.
"The surgery is on his right leg to assess the extent of the damage to his nerves," he said.
"There has been an amputation.
"We're carefully monitoring his condition."
A hospital spokesman said Snr Const Elliott was in a stable condition.
Insp Overland said he had had only limited contact with the officer, his wife and their three children since the incident but the police service was offering them all the support they needed.
"Len has a long way to go," he said.
"It was a traumatic injury but obviously we would like to get him back to work in whatever capacity he feels."
Insp Overland said a 19-year-old Glasshouse Mountains man was assisting police with inquiries and charges were imminent.
"The rider of the motorcycle has been identified and has been interviewed.
"Investigations in that regard have been to a large degree completed,.
"The rider of the motorcycle is undergoing surgery,'' Insp Overland said.
It is understood the rider is in Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said policing was a dangerous, difficult and at times potentially life-threatening job.
"The Queensland Police Union is providing the officer and his family with all the support that they need and I know all police are offering their well wishes," Mr Leavers said.
"Police will always ensure they perform their role to keep the community safe.
"At a time like Easter, we should all reflect on the role that police perform to ensure the public have a safe holiday."