Alexandra Hills tow truck driver out of work as sister launches GoFundMe to help support him
A heroic tow truck driver who tried to save a couple and their unborn baby after they were allegedly hit by a teenage driver is now out of work.
Daniel Edie’s truck bore the brunt of impact from an allegedly stolen Toyota Landcruiser being driven by a 17-year-old murder accused.
The 4WD rolled into Kate Leadbetter and Matty Field in Alexandra Hills on Tuesday night, killing them and their unborn child.
Edie jumped out of his truck and attempted to render aid, as well as diverting traffic and assisting in the clean-up at the intersection.
But due to the nature of the crash, and the ongoing criminal investigation, his truck has been seized as evidence.
The Landcruiser is seen being towed away from the scene. Credit: 7NEWS
Kate Leadbetter, who was six months pregnant, was tragically killed alongside her partner Matty Fields while walking their dogs. Credit: Facebook
He works for his parents’ small family business, Reliable Towing, according to a post from his sister in a fundraising page.
She says the truck was impounded and, even when it is released back to them, it’s unclear if he’ll be able to claim it on insurance.
“To buy a tow truck takes months to order in and customise from the truck manufacturer,” she wrote.
“So he is going to be without an income for months while trying to get over the anguish of the accident.”
Kate Leadbetter and Matty Field were aged 31 and 37 respectively. Credit: Facebook
She started a GoFundMe without his knowledge to help support him while he recovers from the mental scars of witnessing the crash.
Generous well-wishers have donated more than £16,000, well surpassing the original goal of £1,000.
“We are extremely lucky and grateful that he only received cuts and bruises and no serious physical injuries but the mental and emotional impact is greater than we can imagine for him,” his sister Samantha wrote.
A giant teddy bear is seen amongst the flowers at the scene where the pair were killed. Credit: DARREN ENGLAND/AAPIMAGE
A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been charged with the murders of Kate Leadbetter and Matty Field. Credit: Facebook
It comes after a vigil was held for Leadbetter and Field, aged 31 and 37 respectively, on Wednesday night.
The couple was walking their dogs along a new route when a 17-year-old driver, who cannot be named for legal reasons, allegedly hit them.
He fronted Brisbane Children’s Court on Wednesday, charged with murder and several other driving and theft offences, and was refused bail.
The teen will remain in custody for at least the next six weeks until his next appearance.
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