Two charged over teen's death

Michael and Sue Clunes with son Ben have expressed their gratitude to the police working on the case of Nick's death.
Michael and Sue Clunes with son Ben have expressed their gratitude to the police working on the case of Nick's death. John McCutcheon

THE parents of Nick Clunes have spoken out to thank police for the extensive investigation that led to two people being charged over their son's death.

A Bundaberg man, 30, and a Caloundra woman, 38, were charged on Saturday night with one count each of failing to stop.

It follows a protracted police investigation since 18-year-old Nick died when he was hit by a car as he walked home on Eudlo Rd seven weeks ago.

Nick's parents, Susan and Mick Clunes, said they were “extremely grateful” for hard working police, highlighting in particular the efforts of forensic crash officer Carl Christensen.

“It probably gives us some degree of closure but I don't really know how I feel about it,” Mr Clunes said.

“It's still not easy; I don't think it's ever going to be.”

Nick, a popular and sporty teenager, was walking home from the Palmwoods Hotel after watching a game of football the night he was killed.

Mrs Clunes said the family was preparing to take a six-week break away from their Mount Coolum home to escape the memories it held.

They have received constant support from family and friends since Nick died on April 30.

“We have to move on, we know that, and we are very strong people,” Mrs Clunes said.

“We're going to move out of the house, shut up and go live in Coolum.

“It's just to get away from the memories and try to clear our heads.”

Mr and Mrs Clunes plan on spending a few weeks living in Coolum before a holiday to Central Queensland later in the year.

Nick's older brother, 21-year-old Ben, has a trip planned to Mexico in August.

“That will give him a bit of time out,” Mrs Clunes said.

“We try and live every day normally. You've just got to keep going from day to day.”

Inspector Keith Schultz said police had seized a vehicle believed to be the one driven by the two accused people.

“It has been a very extensive investigation,” Inspector Schultz said.

“We had a team of police actually going through motor vehicles that were registered in the local area and we had a number of media requests for information from members of the public.

“Everything culminated in the two people being spoken to by police.”

The duo charged on Saturday night are to appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on July 27.

Topics:  hit and run jail palmwoods police sunshine coast

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