A 14-year-old boy pictured in hospital eating KFC following the Rothwell crash which killed Jacob Hopkins, 14.
A 14-year-old boy pictured in hospital eating KFC following the Rothwell crash which killed Jacob Hopkins, 14.

Crash teen chows down on KFC after boy’s death

THE teen allegedly driving a stolen Mazda that crashed at Rothwell and killed a 14-year-old passenger has posed for photos in hospital eating KFC and making gang hand symbols.

Jacob Hopkins was killed on Wednesday when his 14-year-old friend allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Anzac Ave and Wattle Rd, at Rothwell north of Brisbane, hitting a car and then a pole.

The driver and four girls aged 10, 13, 14 and 16 were taken to hospital in serious conditions, but were later upgraded to stable.

Jacob and the driver were allegedly members of the so-called Northside Gang. The alleged driver posted a tribute to Jacob on his social media account yesterday morning.

"RIP JACOB my brother I can't believe I did this I f***d up brother I shoulder (sic) Stopped at the light. every time i close my eyes I can see the whole thing happening over and over again I'm sorry it had to end this way bro love ya brother fly high bruv (sic). I send me love to family and friends you's (sic) can hate me but it's not gonna change anything LLR," he wrote.

 

The 10-year-old girl who was one of the passengers in the car.
The 10-year-old girl who was one of the passengers in the car.

 

Bayside local Garry Brennan said he rushed to help the children out of the car on Wednesday.

"The car was around the pole, I could hear screaming and there was blood dripping out the car," he said.

"There were kids everywhere. There were pools of blood.

"I could see the (passenger) was dead. There were girls stuck in the back, they were screaming 'help', 'help', 'help'."

 

Jacob Hopkins, 14, was killed in a two-vehicle crash after a group of teenagers allegedly stole a car.
Jacob Hopkins, 14, was killed in a two-vehicle crash after a group of teenagers allegedly stole a car.

 

It was only after paramedics arrived that Mr Brennan began to realise how shaken up he was.

"I've got two kids myself, I never stopped to think that something could have happened to me while I was helping," he said.

"I couldn't sleep, had nightmares and images - they will scar me for life."

Police have charged the driver and a girl, 10, over the crash.

 

The scene of the fatal crash at Rothwell. Picture Moreton Alert
The scene of the fatal crash at Rothwell. Picture Moreton Alert