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Homicide probe in tragic week of crashes

Jake Smith homicide investigation remanded
Jake Smith homicide investigation

A tragic week of motorcycle fatals has ended with Victoria’s homicide squad charging a man with murder after a Werribee man died when he motorcycle was hit by a ute at Bacchus Marsh.

Jake Smith, 24, (above) died in the collision at Maddingley on Wednesday night (20 May 2020).

Police believe Jake may have known the people in the ute.

The 36-year-old male driver of the ute stopped a short time later and stayed at the scene with one of his passengers, a 28-year-old man.

The second passenger, a 31-year-old man, fled on foot, but turned himself into police yesterday afternoon. The Pentland Hills man was interviewed and charged with one count of murder.

He appeared before a bail justice and was remanded in custody to appear at Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Police allege the driver of the ute involved in Wednesday night’s collision continued on for around a kilometre before finally pulling up.

Anyone with information or with dash cam footage is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

In another tragic twist it, Jake’s 15-year-old brother died in similar circumstances in 2013, when his mini motorbike collided with a car in Werribee.

‘Lost control’

A 36-year-old male rider has died in a crash on the Bruce Highway at Mango Hill early this morning (23 May 2020).

Queensland Police say: “preliminary investigations indicate the motorcyclist was travelling south on the Bruce Highway when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a light pole just before 2.30am”.

The Sunshine Coast man died at the scene.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP2001060441 within the online suspicious activity form.

Island crash

A male motorcyclist involved in a traffic crash at Mornington Island on May 10 has passed away from his injuries.

Preliminary information indicates the 29-year-old man from Gununa was riding a motorbike on a dirt section beside Birri Road when he struck a rock and crashed.

He suffered serious head and neck injuries and was airlifted to Townsville Hospital where he died yesterday (22 May 2020).

Queensland Police are also seeking information on this incident.

Quote this reference number: QP2000967505 within the online suspicious activity form.

WA fatals

Two riders have died in crashes in Western Australia this week.

On Wednesday, a 47-year-old Mahogany Creek woman died in a crash on the Great Eastern Highway in Glen Forrest, eastern Perth.

The crash happened about 2.35pm near the Hardey Road turn off.

Police say the woman was riding a black Hyosung motorcycle west on Great Eastern Highway when it collided with a silver Hyundai Getz, which was heading east.

The 60-year-old female driver of the Hyundai Getz did not receive any serious injuries.

On Thursday, a 31-year-old male died after crashing his Hyosung motorcycle on North Bannister-Wandering Rd, 94km southeast of Perth about 4.30pm.

Anyone with any information or dashcam footage for either of these incidents is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the information online at

Our sincere condolences to the riders’ families and friends.