SHOCKING VIDEO: Thieves left elderly for dead on highway
RECKLESS car thieves have been slammed after shocking dash cam footage was released showing a stolen car smashing into the back of a vehicle, causing it to roll several times.
The dash cam footage, taken from a following truck, was made public yesterday.
Police allege two groups of people were racing on the Bruce Highway on December 22 at 5.45am when one vehicle overtook the truck and then a car with three elderly people inside about 70km north of Townsville.
A second stolen car attempted the same passing manoeuvre seconds later, but had to swerve to avoid an oncoming truck and rammed into the back of the victims' car, forcing it off the road.
The video shows the victims' car rolling at least seven times before coming to rest upside down in a ditch on the side of the highway.
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Miles said police released the footage in an attempt to determine if the stolen cars were involved in other incidents on the highway before the crash.
The vehicle was stolen from Heatley in the early hours of December 22 and made its way northbound towards Ingham before returning to Townsville at the time of the crash.
"We are seeking members of the public who may have observed driving similar to what is seen in the footage, while those vehicles were traversing between Townsville and Ingham," Sen-Sgt Miles said.
"We want to explore what exactly was taking place in the manner of driving of these individuals for the day in question."
Sen-Sgt Miles said it was concerning to see the second car return to collect the occupants from the first car without any thought towards the welfare of the other individuals.
"That's pretty much reminiscent of their care factor in relation to members of the community," he said.
"It shows they have a complete lack of empathy and a lack of remorse for what's happened.
"They basically left people there who were significantly injured, without rendering any assistance whatsoever."
The two alleged 16-year-old drivers of the stolen cars are to face charges over the incident.
Sen Sgt Miles said the three elderly people in the rolling vehicle suffered potentially life-influencing injuries.
A family member of one of the victims said they would take months to recover and may never be the same again.
"We hope that the police are able to do their job effectively to bring the culprits to justice," the family member said.
"To the politicians that offered support our only wish is to ensure that the minors involved are to be sentenced as an adult for the serious offences they have committed."
Townsville MP Scott Stewart said his heart went out to the innocent people injured in the crash caused by alleged under-aged offenders.
"We know that our hard working police are out there every day to keep us safe and I commend them for their work and I will continue to work with police to ensure they have the support they need to do their job successfully," he said.
Mr Stewart commended the truck driver, who provided the dash cam video, for staying calm and getting the help the injured people needed after the horrific incident.