New details emerge about young motorbike crash victim
SUNDAY 3.10PM: The young man who tragically lost his life in a motorbike crash at Mountain Creek was a United States man trying to become an Australian resident.
The 28-year-old was killed while attempting to merge into traffic along Karawatha Dr, when he lost control of his Suzuki and slammed into trees.
Despite the efforts of witnesses who administered first aid and performed CPR, he could not be saved.
It has prompted an ongoing investigation by the Sunshine Coast Forensic Crash Unit.
Senior Constable Tony Noble was one of the officers called to the scene and said the man's family were all in the US.
"He died a long way from home," Snr-Con Noble said.
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It's understood the man had been on the Coast for a few years living with friends.
Snr-Con Noble praised the bystanders who tried in vain to save his life.
"The witnesses, a very young man, and a lady, obviously it was a shock for them," he said.
"They were doing OK on the night.
"They did a great job until paramedics responded."
Snr-Con Noble said investigations were in the early stages but indicated that "in excess" speed would likely be a factor.
"We are talking a crash where the bike was broken in half," he said.
"It went into a whole bunch of trees and the bike was essentially destroyed."
Snr-Con Noble said the amount of road fatalities on the Sunshine Coast and Gympie were "way above average".
"It's been horrific, and no pattern."
SATURDAY, 9.20AM: A young Buddina man has died after crashing a motorcycle into a tree on a busy Sunshine Coast road last night.
Emergency services rushed to Karawatha Dr, Mountain Creek about 7.50pm on Friday night but the man, 28, could not be saved.
This was despite the best efforts of witnesses who stopped and rendered first aid and conducted CPR on the man before emergency services arrived.
He was declared dead at the scene.
Police said the black Suzuki motorcycle was travelling along the road when it attempted to merge with traffic, before it lost control and hit a tree, west of the Lady Musgrave Dr intersection.
It is understood the crash shut down Karawatha Dr for several hours.
Officers from the Forensic Crash Unit are investigating.
The crash comes after at least 12 other fatalities on the Sunshine Coast this year, including seven in the past two months.
It was one of two traffic accidents emergency services were called to on Friday night.
A man was taken to Nambour General Hospital with minor injuries after a single vehicle crash on Cooroy Belli Creek Rd about 9.08pm.
The man, aged in his 40s, was in a stable condition.
More to come.