Charges laid over fatal crash that killed Maleny teen
UPDATE: POLICE have laid charges against two people allegedly involved in a crash at Rothwell on Wednesday in which Maleny teen Jacob Hopkins suffered fatal injuries.
A 14-year-old Waterford West boy has been charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlicensed driving and failing to stop at a red traffic light.
A 10-year-old female, from Kallangur, has been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
The charges come as police allege a car ran a red light on Anzac Ave, before colliding with a Dodge Journey and crashing into a pole.
Police are continuing their investigations and ask for anyone with information or dash cam vision to come forward.
EARLIER: In a tragic twist, the father of 14-year-old Jacob Hopkins who was killed a serious traffic crash in Rothwell yesterday afternoon, was last year sent to prison for dangerous driving related offences.
It can be revealed that Peter Hopkins, 40, was sentenced in Brisbane's Magistrates Court in December of last year for six separate driving related offences, including multiple dangerous driving charges and at least one count of driving with a mid-range alcohol blood reading.
The father of Jacob and his 16-year-old sister, who was also travelling in the car when it collided with another vehicle before the car wrapped around a pole, will spend a total of 30 months in prison.
Friends of the siblings, Ms Bri Greenland took to Facebook to remember her friends. "Sending my love to you and your family with the loss to your little brother Jasmine. Hope use (sic) all recover fast ... RIP fly high gone too soon," the post read.
The 14-year-old was remembered as a young life "taken too soon" by friends and family on social media in the hours after his death on Wednesday afternoon.
Police say the boy was a passenger in a suspected stolen vehicle that crashed after running a red light, hitting another car and slamming into a pole at Rothwell, about 60km south of the Sunshine Coast.
Jacob died at the scene of the crash which saw all six people in the suspected stolen car trapped in the wreckage.
They were aged between 10 and 16 years,
Photos on Facebook showed Jacob was a member of infamous Redcliffe group, North Side Gang.
Friend Gemma Lee Amarni posted a tribute to her Facebook page saying Jacob was "like second family" and was gone too soon.
Another friend Latika Lovell said Jacob was the "strongest" boy she knew.
"Fly in the Dream Time; forever our memories are now stories," she wrote.
"We love you mate we will never forget you."
The 26-year-old female driver and four young children in the other car all escaped injury.
Witnesses at the scene said the wreckage was "horrific" and the stuff "nightmares were made of".
Officers from the Forensic Crash Unit scoured the scene until it was dark and said they would continue their investigations today. It's the sixth fatal crash on Queensland roads in the past three days.