Man dies in single-vehicle crash
A TEENAGER who had held his licence for just three weeks died when the ute he was driving left the road and hit a tree off Three Chain Rd yesterday.
Bundaberg police Sergeant Steve Schultz said the 17-year-old P-plater was driving a 2000 model Holden ute.
He said police received the call to the crash just after 1pm.
Forensic crash investigators were on the scene yesterday afternoon.
Police say the youth has been identified, but his name would not be released yet.
Bundaberg police Inspector Kevin Guteridge said it was believed speed was a significant contributor.
And he expressed his frustration at the death.
"This is a totally unnecessary loss of a young life," he said.
"It's just a senseless waste of the life of someone who might have made a big contribution to the community."
Insp Guteridge said police did not want any families to go through the tragedy of losing a member in this way.
"It comes back to what people are thinking when they're driving," he said.
"We just want to know why the public don't drive properly, then we wouldn't have to have things of this nature."
Although the crash happened on a bitumen section of the road, the condition of Three Chain Rd has been under attack from nearby residents for some time.
Ray Aitken, who lives near the crash site, said residents had been complaining for years about the condition of the road.
"It underlines what we've been saying - we need to get this road fixed," he said.