Friends and family mourn loss of Jayden Mitchell

FAMILY and friends of Emu Park teenager Jayden Mitchell are mourning the tragic loss of the 17-year-old after he was killed in a car crash on Saturday morning.

Around 1.30am Jayden and a 16-year-old passenger were driving a stolen car through Bolsover St at high speeds and crashed into a concrete pillar of a building.

According to police, Jayden failed to negotiate a roundabout.

It is believed he then crashed into a curb before mounting the footpath and crashing.

Police have confirmed the vehicle involved in the crash was stolen earlier in the evening from a Depot Hill address.

The 16-year-old male passenger, believed to be a Berserker resident, was taken to Rockhampton Hospital with serious injuries and was in a stable condition yesterday.

Senior Sergeant Tom Nelson of Rockhampton police said the Forensic Crash Unit were investigating the crash.

"Initial investigations suggest speed was a major factor in the cause of the crash but the Forensic Crash Unit are continuing their investigations," Sgt Nelson said.

"This tragic accident acts as a reminder to the community that speeding can kill. Everyone needs to be constantly monitoring their speed and police are currently enforcing the importance of sticking to the legal speed limits."

Friends of Jayden's took to social media yesterday to share their memories of the local teen.

There have been 47 fatal motor vehicle accidents in Queensland this year.


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