Young dad identified as Peak Downs Highway crash victim
The moment a young father’s dual cab ute and an oncoming truck collided on the Peak Downs Highway in a horror smash on Friday was caught on dashcam.
That footage will be central to the ongoing investigation into the crash which claimed the life of 35-year-old Dysart man and father of three Christopher Zarvalis.
The horrific crash in the early hours of Friday, February 26 closed the Peak Downs Highway for several hours as investigators worked to piece together what lead up to the incident.
Mr Zarvalis is believed to have left Mackay late Thursday night and was on his way back to Dysart when the crash occurred about 12.30am.
Mackay Forensic Crash Unit has seized and reviewed footage of the crash, recorded in the Toll B-double.
Senior Constable Michael Parker said initial investigations indicated the Nissan Navara was travelling west on the Peak Downs Highway towards Dysart when it crossed onto the wrong side of the road and into the path of the truck.
He said 42-year-old truck driver, from Mirani, tried to warn the oncoming lighter vehicle moments before the point of impact about 5km from Fiery Creek, east of Nebo.
“We are working with the Toll company regarding dashcam and have examined the truck and the manifest and there are no issues associated with the work practices, cargo or anything associated with the truck driver,” Sen-Constable Parker said.
He said investigations were yet to determine why the grey dual cab ute crossed into the eastbound lane.
The crash occurred near the end of a westbound overtaking lane on a relatively new stretch of the highway, which also had new guardrails installed.
“We are investigating if driver impairment is a contributing factor as any other environmental factors or other vehicles have been eliminated from this point in the investigation,” Sen-Constable Parker said.
The Mirani driver was treated for shock after the incident and was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
He is co-operating with police investigations.
The truck was fitted with dashcams that recorded oncoming traffic as well as driver behaviour.
The outward camera captured the moments leading up the point of impact as well as the driver’s actions behind the wheel.
“Lots of support networks have been provided by Toll,” Sen-Constable Parker said.
Sen-Constable Parker said if any motorists were in the vicinity and had information that could help the ongoing investigation, they should contact police.