SUNDAY: FLOWERS are being left at the scene of the Elizabeth St crash which killed a 72-year-old Urangan woman.

The woman tragically died on Friday when a black Holden collided with her white sedan just before midday.

Police have charged a 21-year-old Urangan man with dangerous driving causing death, failing to stop and driving whilst disqualified.

He will appear in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Monday.

The floral tributes began to pop up at the Elizabeth St crash site on Saturday.

IN MEMORY: Tributes have been left for a 72-year-old Urangan woman who died in a crash on Elizabeth St on Friday. photo Lea Emery / Fraser Coast Chronicle
IN MEMORY: Tributes have been left for a 72-year-old Urangan woman who died in a crash on Elizabeth St on Friday. photo Lea Emery / Fraser Coast Chronicle Lea Emery

"A sad, senseless waste," one note reads.

The colourful display, made up mostly of gerberas, has been tied to the bottom of a speed sign declaring the area a 60kmh zone.

Police will allege the man was speeding at the time of the crash.

SATURDAY: Police have charged the man alleged to have been driving the second vehicle in a fatal crash at Urangan Friday.

He was originally taken to Hervey Bay Hospital with non-life threatening injuries before being discharged.

The alleged driver will face one charge each of dangerous driving causing death, failing to stop and driving a motor vehicle while disqualified.

He will face Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

FRIDAY: POLICE tried to stop an allegedly speeding car just moments before it slammed into a white sedan, killing a 72-year-old Urangan woman.

The driver of the car failed to stop for police on Elizabeth St, Urangan, and collided with the woman's car just before noon yesterday.

Police had pulled to the side of the road when the cars collided "a considerable distance" from where police had tried to stop the black Holden.

It is understood just minutes before the Elizabeth St crash, the car involved allegedly took out a telephone box near Hoffies Corner Store and Takeaway on the corner of Denmans Camp Rd and Oleander Ave.

Witnesses said the driver did not check on the woman before he ran off in the direction of the Esplanade.

Police later apprehended a 21-year-old Hervey Bay man at the Windmill Caravan Park less than half a block from where the crash occurred.

Maryborough Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Constable Glen Denhert said the Hervey Bay man was under police guard in hospital with minor injuries.

"There is every indication there was speed and reckless driving involved," he said.

Police have not confirmed how fast the car was travelling in the 60kmh zone.

While police chased the man, firefighters worked to free the elderly woman who was trapped in her sedan.

Paramedics tried to save the woman but she was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police cordoned off the crash scene while investigations were being conducted, closing Elizabeth St between Shell and Coral Sts.

As paramedics worked, a young man, believed to be related to the man driving the black car, abused passers-by and media.

Police cautioned the man and asked him to leave the area.

Shell St resident Margarette Thistleton did not see the crash but was able to describe the terrifying sounds she heard.

"It just sounded somebody was speeding and whatever that sounds like and the next minute I heard the crash," she said.

"I thought, here we go, not again, I didn't expect it to be in my back driveway."

Mrs Thistleton also got a good look at the man.

"He looked scared, he actually looked scared, you could tell that and then he just ran," she said.

Mrs Thistleton with neighbours and people from other businesses rushed to help the woman until emergency services arrived.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services area commander Inspector Mark Long said on instructions from paramedics, fire crews worked as quickly as possible to remove the woman from her car.

"It is bad, the crash caused a lot of damage to the vehicles," he said.

Debris from the two vehicles was strewn along Elizabeth St and fire crews were also required to clean up liquids, including oil and petrol that had spilled from the cars.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the crash.

Police from the Ethical Standards Command are also conducting inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

UPDATE 4.30PM: POLICE have confirmed they tried to intercept one of the cars involved in the fatal crash on Elizabeth St.

The Hervey Bay man, 21, sped away from police when tried to stop the car just moments before the black Holden slammed into another car.

A 72-year-old Urangan woman died after their cars collided on the Urangan street just before midday.

Police had pulled to the side of the road when the cars crashed.

Maryborough Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Constable Glen Denhert said the Hervey Bay man is under police guard in hospital with minor injuries.

"There is every indication there was speed and reckless driving involved," he said.

Witnesses saw the man leaving the black Holden before running toward the Windmill Caravan Park, less than half a block away on Elizabeth St.

Police apprehended the man at the caravan park.

Detectives and forensic crash specialists are investigating the crash.

The Ethical Standards Command are also investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

UPDATE 1PM: A woman in her 60s has died following a car crash on Elizabeth St.

A man in police custody has been taken to Hervey Bay Hospital with minor injuries. 

UPDATE 12.30pm: Police have closed a section of Elizabeth St between Shell and Coral streets following a two car crash. 

Police are at the scene. 

A witness told the Chronicle he saw a man get out of a black Holden sedan involved in the crash and run towards the Esplanade. 

Police apprehended a man at the Windmill Caravan Park. 

Alistair Brightman

EARLIER: A WOMAN is unconscious after a head on collision on Elizabeth St near The Grange Resort in Urangan. 

Fire fighters are working to get the woman, 60, out of the vehicle. 

Queensland Ambulance Operations Supervisor Michael Low said another man involved in the two car crash had left the scene.

More to come.  



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