Crash victim named
POLICE have released the name of the teenager killed in a motorcycle crash on Haliday Bay Rd on Christmas Day.
She was Stephanie Euphemia Smith, from Werribee, in Victoria, who was on a family holiday, visiting relatives in the Mackay region.
The seriously injured 23-year-old driver, whose name has not been released by police, is in a stable condition in Mackay Base Hospital.
A Slade Point resident and cousin of the 17-year-old girl, his condition had been downgraded from serious to stable, a Queensland Health spokeswoman said.
Police investigations showed that after the bike left the road about 1.20pm the driver and pillion passenger were hit by tree branches as they crashed 70metres through scrubland, parallel to the road, Acting Senior Sergeant Peter Cowan said yesterday.
Both the driver and Ms Smith were wearing the required safety gear, and the bike, a 600cc Kawasaki Ninja, was able to carry two people.
Ms Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.
The bike came off the road at a right-hand bend about 400metres in from the Ball Bay Rd turnoff.
The rider has a compound fracture to his right, lower leg and chest injuries.
He was airlifted to hospital.
Police released the teenager's name after her mother, who was in Victoria when the crash occurred, had been notified. She was identified by her uncle.
Calen police are leading the investigation into the cause of the crash, with assistance from a Forensic Crash Unit investigator, who will take measurements at the scene to try to determine contributing circumstances.