LATEST: Two armed robberies and then minutes later...death.

Anthony Paul Hicks, a 26-year-old from Redbank Plains, had a tragic end to his life in the streets of Goodna in the early hours of this morning.

It is believed Hicks, armed with a knife, robbed a milk delivery driver at Coles Express in Railway Terrace at 2.10am and then a taxi driver in the car park at Hungry Jack's at 2.20am before crashing his car minutes later at the corner of Albert St and Audrey St.

TRAGIC: Police at the scene of a fatal crash at Goodna on the corner of Albert St and Audrey St where a 26-year-old Redbank Plains man has died.
TRAGIC: Police at the scene of a fatal crash at Goodna on the corner of Albert St and Audrey St where a 26-year-old Redbank Plains man has died. Contributed

The Queensland Ambulance Service attended promptly but Hicks died at the scene after being thrown from his vehicle.

The QT understands police have found the items which were earlier stolen in the wreckage of the Chrysler sedan Hicks was driving.

Hicks' family has been advised of his untimely passing.

 

Inspector Keith McDonald told the QT of the details of the earlier robberies.

"At the Coles Express at Goodna a milk delivery driver was held up at knifepoint and a diabetic testing kit stolen," he said. "Then a short time later a taxi driver was held up at knifepoint at Hungry Jack's and his bum bag containing a quantity of money was stolen.

"We never like to see anybody pass away before they should and certainly not in these tragic circumstances.

"The fact that there are a couple of other incidents that occurred shortly beforehand makes our job a little more difficult."

The Forensic Crash Unit were investigating the crash where speeding was involved.

Police are scouring Safe City footage, motorway cameras and other footage as part of their investigation.

"At 2.25am we received a number of Triple 0 telephone calls in relation to a traffic crash that had occurred here on Albert St near the intersection of Audrey St," Insp McDonald said.

"Upon arrival of emergency services they found a 26-year-old male who had been thrown from the vehicle and was close by.

"They commenced first aid on the gentleman and unfortunately his condition deteriorated and he passed away as the result of injuries he received from the crash.

"He's hit a pedestrian access point to walk across Albert St. There's a culvert down there with a pedestrian rail on it so pedestrians can cross from one footpath to the other.

"He has clipped that and that has set him out of control and (the car) has rolled a couple of times."

Police at the scene of a fatal traffic crash at Goodna.
Police at the scene of a fatal traffic crash at Goodna. The Today Show

Tired neighbours watched as the remnants of the bone/brown Chrysler that Hicks was driving was placed on a tow truck and taken away.

A woman with a young family told the QT of the frightening way her household woke up.

"We were asleep and we were woken up by a big crash," she said. "We came running out and the car was on fire so we called the ambulance and the police.

"We couldn't see anything.

"It was full-on, just for being that time of the morning and to wake up to that.

"I was worried. I was worried for the driver.

"The police were here really quickly."

Ipswich City Council's Safe City cameras once again enabled police and the QAS to respond promptly to the robberies.

"We had telephone calls in relation to an armed robbery that had occurred at the Coles Express," Insp McDonald said.

"Whilst police were attending that incident they received advice from Safe City, before they received advice from Hungry Jack's, that a taxi driver had been held up at knifepoint down there.

"My understanding is that Safe City were actually viewing the incident as it occurred and notified police immediately.

"From the first robbery to the traffic crash and the telephone calls was about 15 minutes."

 

Suspected thief killed as getaway car crashes

UPDATE 7AM: A 26-year-old Redbank Plains man has died in a single vehicle traffic crash at Goodna this morning.

Preliminary information suggests at 2.25am, police were notified that a car had crashed at the intersection of Albert and Audrey streets.

As a result of the crash the car caught fire and was extinguished prior to police arrival.

The driver and sole occupant of the car was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police have confirmed they are not looking for anyone else following investigations into two robberies prior to the crash.

A service station on Railway Terrace was robbed at 2.10 and a further robbery of a taxi driver occurred in the carpark of a fast food restaurant on Church Street, Goodna at 2.20am.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

A report will now be prepared for the Coroner.

 

Police suspect driver killed in morning crash was robber on the run

6AM: Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash which occurred in Goodna earlier this morning.

At about 2.25am, police were notified that a car had crashed at the intersection of Albert and Audrey streets.

The crash resulted in the car catching fire which was extinguished prior to police arrival.

A man aged in his 20s was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police are additionally investigating whether the man and the car may have been involved in two robberies prior to the crash.

A service station on Railway Terrace was robbed at 2.10 and a further robbery of a taxi driver occurred in the carpark of a fast food restaurant on Church Street, Goodna at 2.20am.

There is no further information available at this time.


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