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Man charged over serious NQ quad crash


A Rocky Point man has been charged over a quad bike crash in the Far North that left his passenger with permanent brain injuries.

An 18-year-old man was left fighting for his life after suffering a serious head injuryafter falling off a quad bike Weipa on April 26.

He spent the last three months in Townsville Hospital, as well as three weeks in an acquired brain injury rehabilitation facility in Brisbane.

Senior Sergeant Warren Flegg says road trauma was not only devastating for those injured, but also had a broader affect on the community.

“Crashes create huge ripple affects across small communities,” Senior Sergeant Flegg says.

“Not only does it affect first responders, who in most instances know the person or people involved, it affects the injured or deceased person’s family, friends, and work colleagues, it affects the injured person, and it affects the person who has caused the crash.

“The actions of all the young men on the quad bike that night have changed the lives of many in the Weipa area.

“It is very unfortunate that the young man is going to suffer permanent injuries from this crash.”

The 20-year-old Rocky Point man is expected to appear in the Weipa Magistrates Court on August 16, charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm, driving over the general alcohol limit, unregistered driving, and uninsured driving.