hit and run – Michmutters

Oakey hit and run victim 47yo Trudy Wright Dodd remembered in tributes

Oakey woman Trudy Wright Dodd has been remembered as a “beautiful soul” with a “smile that would light any room” after she died in an alleged hit and run.

Ms Dodd’s body was found on the side of 4AK Road in the town, north-west of Toowoomba, on Saturday morning.

Investigators believed she was struck by a car sometime between midnight and 8am.

A tip off from a member of the public led police to the vehicle suspected to be involved in the incident.

The driver was assisting police with their inquiries and police were yet to lay any changes.

Ms Dodd’s work colleagues remembered the 47-year-old for her generosity.

She worked at Distributors TCW, a confection wholesaler in Toowoomba, and was recently recognized for more than five years’ service with the company.

“Trudy Wright Dodd, my good work colleague, supervisor and friend, you were and always will be in my thoughts,” Rodney Bugeja wrote on social media.

“Thank you for all your generosity and understanding towards me whilst I worked at TCW, you were an absolute pleasure to work under.”

A police officer on a road in Oakey
A police officer at the site of the suspected hit and run which resulted in the death of Ms Dodd near Oakey.(ABC News: Lucas Hill)

Another colleague said Ms Dodd was “nothing but a beautiful soul” and she had a “smile that would light any room.”

Ms Dodd was also a longtime supporter of the local Oakey Bears rugby league club.

“Our football community has been rocked by this tragedy,” the club said in a statement.

“The Oakey Bears Senior RLFC are shocked and deeply saddened by news we have lost one of our great longtime supporters Trudy Dodd.”

The Forensic Crash Unit is continuing to investigate Ms Dodd’s death.



Mount Isa man in custody over alleged murder of 13yo girl

Mount Isa man Trevor Caulton has been arrested and charged with murder after he allegedly drove a vehicle into a crowd of people, hitting and killing a 13-year-old girl.

Emergency services were called to the corner of Delacour Drive and Dent Street in the Mount Isa suburb of Pioneer after midnight on August 6 and treated the girl for critical head injuries.

Police confirmed she succumbed to her injuries and died at the scene.

Mr Caulton’s lawyer appeared on his behalf via phone at the Mount Isa Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

A full brief of evidence was being prepared and the case would appear for mention at Mount Isa Magistrate’s Court on September 26.

The victim was identified and her family had been contacted, police said.

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Paramedics treated the victims at the site of the incident near Dent Street in Pioneer.(ABC North West Queensland: Emily Dobson)

Fears of retribution prompt police warning

Police have called for calm in the community after the tragedy.

Police man talking in front of microphones at press conference.
Mount Isa Police Acting Superintendent Smith asked the community to assist investigators.(ABC Far North: Brendan Mounter)

“I do have concerns about unrest in the community — this is a distressing case and this poor girl’s life has been taken,” said Mount Isa Police Acting Superintendent Jason Smith.

“We acknowledge the grief in the community and we implore everyone to remain calm around this incident and to assist police with the investigation.

“Sometimes in our community there can be an urge from some to seek retribution. Please know the law has been executed, the alleged offender is in jail and police have done as much as they can.”