Young dad-to-be killed in tragedy
THE festive season is meant to be a time for family, but one young police officer won't be making it home this Christmas – a fatal accident taking his life.
Oxley District Traffic Branch Sergeant Dan Stiller, 33, was escorting a wide load when an empty truck travelling in the opposite direction jack-knifed in wet weather and hit the service motorcycle he was riding.
The crash happened on the Bruce Highway, about 15km south of Mount Larcom, at 7am yesterday, causing delays and diversions along the stretch of road.
A Facebook page dedicated to Sgt Stiller flowed with loving tributes.
Clare Neal said: “Very sad ... so young. RIP.”
Mitch Rogers said: “RIP. Awfully young. Not right that parents should be burying their children, should be the other way around.”
Southern media outlets have reported Sgt Stiller was due to become a dad for the first time.
Commissioner Bob Atkinson said Sgt Stiller was a valued member of the Queensland Police Service and his sudden death would be a tragic loss. “Sgt Stiller was a dedicated traffic officer committed to the safety and security of all Queenslanders,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner (Specialist Operations) Ross Barnett said the other police officer involved was receiving counselling.
“The other officer was in a motor vehicle, Sgt Stiller was the only one on a motorcycle,” he said.
“Counselling has been provided to that officer, Sgt Stiller's colleagues and his family.”
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating and the Ethical Standards Command is overviewing it.