Two teenagers who allegedly burgled the home of a young woman killed in a car chase just a day earlier have been arrested. Jennifer Board, 22, died
Two teenagers who allegedly burgled the home of a young woman killed in a car chase just a day earlier have been arrested.
Jennifer Board, 22, died when a Holden Statesman ran into the back of an allegedly stolen Hyundai, which then crossed onto the wrong side of the road and smashed into her bike at an intersection in Thuringowa Central, in Townsville on Friday night.
Two teenage boys allegedly broke into her home in Currajong about 1am on Sunday, stealing several items before fleeing when a man there caught them.
Jennifer Board (pictured), 22, died when a Holden Statesman ran into the back of an allegedly stolen Hyundai, which then crossed onto the wrong side of the road and smashed into her bike
Christopher Hughes, the 25-year-old Holden driver, has been charged with Ms Board’s (pictured) murder
A 15-year-old has been charged with burglary and three counts of stealing, while a second teenage boy has been arrested and is assisting police with their investigation.
Police have not said whether it was a targeted attack or coincidence.
Christopher Hughes, the 25-year-old Holden driver, is charged with murder and the 18-year-old Hyundai driver with driving and property offences.
He is accused of following Hyundai sedan driver Gregory Clubb during a suspected vigilante pursuit.
Clubb faced Townsville Magistrates Court on Tuesday and had his bail revoked.
A 15-year-old has been charged with burglary and three counts of stealing. Pictured: One of the alleged burglars being arrested
Pictured: One of the teenagers being questioned and arrested by police over the alleged robbery
Hughes, who has been charged with murder, also had his matter heard in court and was remanded in custody.
Police will rely on a definition of murder that does not reply on intent, but on whether someone has committed a criminal act that is reckless or negligent where death is a likely consequence.
The local community banded together on Saturday to hold a memorial motorbike ride while loved ones of the young woman come to terms with the heartbreaking news.
Hughes, who has been charged with Ms Board’s (pictured) murder, also had his matter heard in court and was remanded in custody
Pictured: Ms Board’s abandoned motorbike after the smash in Townsville on Friday night
Jennifer Board (pictured) was killed when a car chase came to a dramatic end at an intersection
Ms Board’s final post to Instagram in December showed her celebrating the moment she received her restricted motorcycle license, having got her learner’s permit three months earlier.
Her sister and best friend, Siana Board, said Jennifer was the ‘most genuine soul’, who loved the colour orange.
‘Jennifer has never hurt a single person in this life,’ Ms Board told the Courier Mail.
‘I couldn’t think of a worse person for this to happen to.’
Ms Board also revealed that her sister recently applied for the police service.
The aspiring policewoman (pictured) died on the scene. A 25-year-old man has been charged with murder
Jennifer Board, 22, (pictured) was killed after she was hit by a vehicle that had just ploughed into another car at an intersection in Thuringowa Central, in Townsville on Friday night
Having just moved to Darwin, she is now desperately trying to get back to Queensland to farewell Jennifer.
‘There are no flights today… it destroyed me to move away from her, and now this happens,’ Ms Board said.
More than 100 motorcyclists rode down the street where Ms Board was killed on Saturday morning, with many donning orange in honour of the 22-year-old.
Hundreds of other locals laid orange flowers and carried orange balloons to pay their respects at the crash site.
The 22-year-old’s last post to Instagram showed her celebrating the moment she received her restricted motorcycle license, having got her learner’s permit three months earlier
Her sister and best friend, Siana Board, (left) said Jennifer (right) was the ‘most genuine soul’ and had dreamed of becoming a police officer
Police alleged after the crash the stolen Hyundai fled the scene before the car was found abandoned in Garbutt an hour later.
The alleged driver of the Holden, a 25-year-old Bushland Beach man and his two passengers, a 41-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have any information regarding this incident to come forward as investigations continue.
Ms Board (pictured) had been riding down the road just before 10pm on Friday when she was struck
Hundreds of mourners gathered at the crash site on Saturday to farewell the young motorcyclist
The collision allegedly happened a vigilante member of the public decided to ‘aggressively’ follow the allegedly stolen car, crossing the median strip of the road into the motorcycle’s path.
Superintendent Glen Ponting said: ‘I very strongly caution against any form of vigilante action.
‘Often times while people may have good intentions, it can result in unintended consequences.’