Toowoomba mourns death of talented teen footballer

Lachlan Percy.
Lachlan Percy.

UPDATE: Toowoomba teenager Lachlan Percy was tragically killed in a car crash early Saturday morning.

Lachlan, 17, was returning home from the South West Queensland Thunder presentation night when the car he was travelling in crashed on the New England Hwy at Blue Mountain Heights.

He died at the scene.

Lachlan went to Harristown State High School and was a talented footballer, making his debut for the Thunder senior men's team in 2014.

The club released a statement yesterday saying it was "deeply saddened by the tragic passing of (the) talented youth footballer".

"Lachlan, 17, was involved in a car accident on the outskirts of Toowoomba following the club's end-of-season awards presentation last night.

"Two other occupants of the car were injured in the accident and are currently being treated for their injuries in hospital.

"Lachlan was a prominent and well-respected member of Thunder's Youth Men's team and made his debut with the Senior Men's team in 2014.

"SWQ Thunder requests that media respect the privacy of all families involved at this difficult time."

"The club extends their sincere condolences to Dan, Terri, Jack and Cameron and to the Lister and Purcell families."

The driver lost control of the twin cab ute the men were travelling in, which then slid sideways about 50m before hitting the tree.

Lachlan, a passenger, was thrown from the ute on impact.

SATURDAY: Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash on the New England Highway, Blue Mountain Heights.

Initial investigations suggest that around 12.20am a car travelling southbound on the highway left the road, slid sideways on the verge and struck a tree.

A 17-year-old boy was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Three men were taken to the Toowoomba Hospital with serious injuries.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact Crime Stoppers or their local police.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.


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