Dad killed in bike crash, man charged over death
FRIENDS of crash victim Stephen Small have paid tribute to a man respected for his dedication to cycling and a cracking sense of humour.
Mr Small, 42, died at the scene of a collision with a ute on the Eumundi Noosa Rd at Doonan about 6.15pm Monday.
The Noosaville man left behind a young son and partner as well as other family and cycling friends who said he was a well-liked member of their tight-knit community.
Le CycloSportif bicycle shop owner Greg Ball said he had known Mr Small for about nine years, having cycled with him regularly during the early part of their friendship.
"We are all just a little bit stunned," Mr Ball said.
Mr Ball said Mr Small's family and work commitments had kept him cycling as often in recent years but he still joined their daily riding group on occasion.
Mr Small worked as an electrician in the Noosa area and had also engineered a bicycle repair stand.
"He was just a mature, enthusiastic but conscientious fellow," Mr Ball said.
He said there was a sombre mood among group riders yesterday.
"We did do our group ride at a more sedate pace."
Sunshine Beach friend Damian Rosenthal said Mr Small, who was originally from the north of England, was a keen Manchester United Football Club supporter.
"I was a Spurs fan so we always had some good banter going," Mr Rosenthal said.
Mr Rosenthal said he was surprised and disappointed by Mr Small's death, describing it as "a total waste".
He said it would not deter him from cycling.
"Things like this will hopefully remind everybody that it (the road) is a shared space and we should all share it."
Fellow friend Adam White said Mr Small had been a great supporter and member of his COBRA9Intebuild racing team.
"He's obviously of English descent so he's got that really dry but cracking sense of humour," Mr White said.
"He was just a generally great bloke and was happy to operate in behind the scenes."
Police are seeking witnesses who might have seen two men and a white dual cab ute in the Noosaville area in the hour leading up to the crash at Doonan.
Sunshine Coast district Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Mick Doogue said it would be alleged Mr Small was riding a bicycle west along Eumundi Noosa Rd when he was involved in collision with a white ute, which was also travelling west.
Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Doogue said it would be alleged the same ute was driven dangerously in the vicinity of Gympie Tce about 5.40pm.
He urged anyone who had witnessed the men or ute to speak with police.
Noosaville man Nathan Craig MacDonald, 35, fronted Maroochydore Magistrates Court in custody yesterday on charges of dangerous operation of a vehicle while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death whilst adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and assault or obstruct police.
MacDonald did not apply for bail.
His matters are next due for mention on May 12.