Mechanic heard thud, screams, as 3 teens hit by car
UPDATE: ROB Harris was just 100 metres from Chevallum Rd when he heard a loud "thud" and screaming.
"I was up in my shed working," said the mechanic, whose workshop was about 100 metres from the site of a crash that left two 19-year-old men injured and a 16-year-old girl with head injuries on Saturday night.
"I heard a bit of a thud, and screaming." He walked down from the workshop where he had having a late night 'tinker' on a car.
His first thoughts were "this is not good," he said.
"I had a bit of a squiz. Three people got cleaned up.
"I just moved away and let the police and ambos do their thing. I knew one of them didn't look too flash hot."
He said one youngster was on the ground and wasn't moving.
"She was lying there, no movement," he said.
"It can't be too good, eh."
Local teen Billy Copeland said he thought the teenagers were either partygoers on their way home from his 16th birthday party that night, or gatecrashers.
Staff at the nearby BP service station told the Daily drunken youths were a major problem for them, with a major incident occurring at least every month (see below).
But Mr Harris said in the two years he has used his workshop, he had rarely seen people walking late at night on Chevallum Rd.
"Unless someone's having a party," he said. "That's about it."
He said he was shocked at how loud the crash was and hoped the teens were okay.
"It was pretty loud. Very loud. You could hear the beat over the trees and that, in the workshop," he said.
"I heard the sirens coming so I left them to it. I hope they're all okay."
A TEENAGE girl is in hospital with head injuries and two young men are recovering after a party went horribly wrong.
Police officers witnessed three young people being hit by a car on Chevallum Rd in Forest Glen after midnight on Saturday night.
Sunshine Coast Police Acting Inspector Troy Pukallus said officers were already on the scene trying to get the youths off the dark, rural road when a car travelling on the 80km/h stretch hit three of the group.
Police officers were amazed that, given the impact, nobody was killed, Act Insp Pukallus said.
A 16-year-old girl suffered head injuries and was airlifted to hospital in a serious but stable condition.
RELATED: The 'high impact' crash
Two, 19-year-old men were transported to Nambour General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The 18-year-old driver of the vehicle had not been drinking alcohol and had been cooperative with police, who were investigating the cause of the incident, Insp Pukallus said.
It was understood the youths had left the 16th birthday party of local boy Billy Copeland and were walking toward the local BP service station when the accident occurred.
Billy said his party had got "out of control" after about 100 gatecrashers tried to get in, but he didn't know for sure whether the teens had come from his party.
"It was a bit upsetting. It was a good night until that happened," he said.
Billy's mum Tracey said the party had been strictly invite-only, and people who were not on the list of 110 invitees were turned away, but being a rural property, strangers arrived through the bush, she said.
Mrs Copeland said she thought the rowdy gatecrashers had done something to upset the taxi service, as taxis were not arriving for the kids when the party wrapped up just before midnight. Many of them walked home.
She said cars full of youths had arrived, and when they were told to leave as they weren't on the invite list, many wandered off.
Tracey and her husband Gordon said they hoped parents would learn from Saturday's tragic incident that they need to make sure their children have a lift home.
Drunken youth a constant problem for service station staff
DRUNKEN youths are a constant problem for staff at BP Forest Glen.
BP Forest Glen worker Michelle, who did not want her surname revealed, said on Saturday night at least five groups of young people came into the BP and "caused trouble".
"They're young, they're drunk, they're rude and they steal."
On Saturday night one boy ripped the door off the pie warmer, stole some food and fled.
"They wait for a cab and no cab comes, so they much about outside together and head off up the highway," she said.
Michelle said the problem was constant and workers at the 24-hour service station were sick of it.
Keep track of the kids
PARENTS need to keep better track of their kids' movements when they're out partying, says Sunshine Coast Police Acting Inspector Troy Pukallus.
"As much as you put your trust in kids, do you know what they're doing and where they are?" he said.
"If your children are going to an event or party, take that extra step to make sure they have a lift home."
Act Insp Pukallus said the tragic accident on Saturday was hard on police as well as the youth involved and their families.
A number of police officers had witnessed the teens being hit by the car, as did the young group of friends.
"I'm just happy that no one has died and we were able to deal with it," he said.
"You wonder what would have happened if police hadn't been there immediately."