A man has been charged with murder after three people were killed, including a farmer and mother, in a horror crash near Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Rafferty Raymond Rolfe, 25, was the sole survivor of the three-car crash near the small hinterland town of Federal that closed the Bruce Hwy last Friday.
Police allege Mr Rolfe stole an SUV involved in the crash at knifepoint while in Gympie, before trying to ram a ute while travelling on the arterial highway.
Officers believe the Nissan Navara allegedly crashed into by Mr Rolfe was being driven by his partner, Gypsy Satterley, who was tragically killed in the crash.
Terry Bishop, 65, who is believed to have also been in the vehicle at the time and may have been a “good Samaritan”, was also killed.
Alpaca farmer Jessica Townsley, 38, who was the driver and sole occupant of the third vehicle, was third and final fatality.
Emergency services were initially called to the highway just before 4am on Friday following reports of a crash near exit 244
Mr Rolfe appeared in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on a string of driving offences, and will reappear before the same court on Tuesday.