Gifts at roadside death site

A stuffed toy left at the scene of an accident where two were killed while walking their dogs on Tuesday. Picture: James Hall

A cuddly toy with teething rings lies among a roadside vigil left by a community devastated by the loss of a pregnant woman and her partner who were killed while walking their dogs on Tuesday.

A steady stream of heartbroken locals placed flowers, gifts and notes at the site of the cruel tragedy on Wednesday.

Kate Leadbetter, 31, and Matty Field, 37, had been at the intersection of Vienna and Finucane Roads at Alexandra Hills in Brisbane when they were hit by an allegedly stolen Land Cruiser.

The couple killed in Alexandra Hills. Matty Field and Kate Leadbetter. PIc from Facebook
The couple killed in Alexandra Hills. Matty Field and Kate Leadbetter. PIc from Facebook

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Police allege the Land Cruiser slammed into a truck at speed before rolling into the couple.

A 17-year-old, alleged to have been behind the wheel of the 4WD, fled the scene on foot but was later apprehended.

He has since been charged with the couple’s murder and a raft of driving offences.

He may be facing a third murder charge over the death of the unborn child, say police.

A stuffed baby teething toy left at the scene of an accident where pregnant Kate Leadbetter and her partner were killed on Tuesday. Picture: James Hall
A stuffed baby teething toy left at the scene of an accident where pregnant Kate Leadbetter and her partner were killed on Tuesday. Picture: James Hall
The couple had been walking their dogs at the time of the horrific crash, which saw a 4WD hit a truck before striking the pair. Picture: James Hall
The couple had been walking their dogs at the time of the horrific crash, which saw a 4WD hit a truck before striking the pair. Picture: James Hall

“Gone from this earth but not from our hearts. Fly high, fly free,” one note read.

Another: “To live in the heart we leave behind is not to die. Condolences to the family. Three lives taken so selfishly. I hope you all get the justice you deserve.”

And another: “RIP beautiful couple and bubs. Sincere condolences to both your family and friends in this tragic time. Love from a local family.”

A chaplain was standing alongside the makeshift memorial, ready to offer support as tears and prayers were shared by devastated visitors.

Only a small semblance of scattered debris reveals the carnage of the horrific accident that took the couple’s lives, but the heartbreak in the community was visceral.

Devastated locals left flowers, notes and child’s toys at the scene. Picture: James Hall
Devastated locals left flowers, notes and child’s toys at the scene. Picture: James Hall

Finance Reporter

Sydney

James Hall joined the news.com.au finance team from the Australian Associated Press where he covered a broad range of desks including state politics in South Australia and the stock market from Sydney. Before t…

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