The wreck of Jesse Jones’s Holden Commodore after the fatal crash near Duaringa.
The wreck of Jesse Jones’s Holden Commodore after the fatal crash near Duaringa. Chris Ison/The Morning Bulletin

Bundaberg man dies in car rollover

POLICE will try to unravel the mystery of how a 19-year-old former Bundaberg boy lost control of his car in a fatal crash west of Rockhampton late Thursday.

Jesse Jones died when his Holden Commodore left a stretch of the Capricorn Highway and rolled near Duaringa about midnight.

Duaringa police officer-in-charge Sergeant Paul James said there was no early indication of what caused the tragedy, which occurred when Mr Jones was driving.

A 19-year-old male passenger was taken to Rockhampton Hospital suffering minor injuries.

It is believed Mr Jones, a former North Bundaberg State High School student, had been working near Emerald as a trainee labourer and was on his way home to Bundaberg when the crash took place.

“It’s almost impossible to ascertain the cause at this point in time,” Sgt James said.

“There is no indication of any braking ... whether the corner came on quicker than he realised, I don’t know.”

Locals said the section of road had an 80kmh limit and conditions were dry.

Sgt James said police maintained a high presence on the district’s roads.

“Drivers need to be constantly aware on the roads and also not to drive tired,” he said.

Dozens of Mr Jones’s friends expressed grief on social networking internet site Facebook.

“I will never forget the stuff that we done as kids. Growing up with you was a great time, all the people that know you are grateful for having you as a mate. You will be missed but not forgotten,” long-term friend Chris Pike wrote.

“(It is) so hard to believe that he is gone.”

Another friend, Willy Nagas, described his mate as “a legend”.

“Jesse Jones, (you) never will be forgot, big fella,” he wrote.

The death comes just days after another Bundaberg man, Dennis Drady, was killed in a crash in Victoria.

It also comes on the back of a horror period on Bundaberg’s roads, when four young men were killed in four crashes during one month between August and September.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

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