A mixed martial arts fighter caught in traffic while a Brisbane couple was allegedly run down and killed by a teenager says the driver was making ‘gang signs’ after the crash.
Onetime UFC star ‘Rowdy’ Bec Rawlings posted on Facebook that she saw the driver allegedly flee the scene and if she had known what happened ‘wouldn’t of let him get off so easy’.
Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were walking their dogs when a 17-year-old driver – allegedly high on drugs and behind the wheel of a stolen 4WD – ploughed into a truck before rolling and hitting the couple.
Mixed martial arts fighter ‘Rowdy’ Bec Rawlings, who was caught in traffic while a Brisbane couple was allegedly run down and killed by a teenager, says the driver was making ‘gang signs’ after the crash. Rawlings is pictured
Kate Leadbetter, 31, and her boyfriend Matthew Field, 37, died after they were hit by a vehicle at Alexandra Hills in Brisbane’s east on the evening of Australia Day. Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field are pictured
Onetime UFC star Rawlings posted on Facebook that she saw the driver (pictured) allegedly flee the scene and if she had known what happened ‘wouldn’t of let him get off so easy’
CCTV footage has emerged of the teenager allegedly running away from the crash, in which Ms Leadbetter’s unborn son also died.
‘I was stuck in traffic from this accident without knowing what had just happened over the hill,’ mother-of-two Rawlings, who fights under the Bellator banner, wrote.
‘I watched [the teenage driver] run up the road throwing gang signs up… I wouldn’t of let him get off so easy.’
Brisbane-based Rawlings competes in the flyweight division of Bellator and has previously fought in the United States as a bare-knuckle boxer.
The heavily-tattooed 31-year-old started an OnlyFans page featuring racy images of herself during the coronavirus pandemic to supplement her earnings as a fighter.
Security vision obtained by 10 News shows what looks like the 17-year-old driver sprinting down a Brisbane street away from the crash that killed Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field.
The teenager, who has been charged with murder, was arrested by police a short time after he allegedly fled the scene.
Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were walking their dogs when a 17-year-old driver – allegedly high on drugs and behind the wheel of a stolen 4WD – ploughed into a truck before rolling and hitting the couple. The scene of the crash is pictured
Tasmanian-born Rawlings competes in the flyweight division of Bellator and has previously fought in the United States as a bare-knuckle boxer. She is pictured sparring at City of Angels Boxing Club in California in 2018
‘I was stuck in traffic from this accident without knowing what had just happened over the hill,’ Rawlings, who fights under the Bellator MMA banner, wrote. ‘I watched [the teenage driver] run up the road throwing gang signs up… I wouldn’t of let him get off so easy’
A hero bystander, who wishes to remain anonymous, has spoken about Ms Leadbetter’s final moments as he tried to save her life.
‘I was there,’ the man said. ‘I held her hand. I also witnessed possibly her taking her last breath.
‘I was saying to Kate, ”please don’t give up, don’t give up. Stay with us”.’
The man performed CPR with another bystander before paramedics arrived.
The witness wants Ms Leadbetter’s family to know that the mum-to-be wasn’t alone in her final moments.
‘There were two people there trying to work on her, trying to save her,’ he said.
On Friday, the families of the victims revealed the young couple was planning to call their unborn son Miles.
They said the pair was so excited about becoming parents they had already set up a nursery for their little boy.
‘I love spending time with you, you fill my cup’ was the last words Ms Leadbetter told her friend in the days before she was killed
‘To have lost three cherished members of our families in such a senseless and sudden way is beyond our comprehension,’ one of the family members said.
‘For us to sit here today without our beautiful son Matt and our darling daughter Kate is unbearable.
‘We are grief stricken that they never got to experience the birth of their baby boy who we discovered in recent weeks was to be named Miles.’
‘There is a nursery created by Kate and Matt with joy and love and anticipation that our little grandson, Miles, will never occupy.’
The family members stood arm-in-arm and held back tears as they expressed how distraught they were that Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field had their dreams of parenthood taken away.
Described as ‘talented and funny and such good company’, the couple had recently shared an ultrasound of their unborn son.
Ms Leadbetter was due to give birth in just a few months.
Speaking out about the accident for the first time on Friday, the inconsolable families of Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field said they were ‘forever heartbroken’
The family also gave thanks to the overwhelming support of the community in the wake of the crash – including those who searched tirelessly for the couple’s beloved dog Frankie who fled the scene.
‘To everyone who left flowers, messages, and other tokens of good will, to all who spent hours searching the streets and parklands of Alexandra Hills and Wellington Point for our poor frightened Frankie, we are so grateful,’ the families said.
A close friend of Ms Leadbetter has also revealed the final words she told her just days before she was killed.
The friend known as Leith left a note behind at the mural set up for the young couple at the intersection where they died.
‘My heart feels like it has been broken into a million pieces,’ the note read.
‘When I left your place on Sunday, your last words to me were ”I love spending time with you, you fill my cup”.
‘I will hold onto those last words forever.’
Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field (pictured) had been dating for more than four years and were expecting their first child
The 17-year-old who was allegedly behind the wheel was remanded in custody on numerous charges including two counts of murder at Brisbane Children’s Court on January 27.
His case will be back in court at the end of March.
Danielle Leadbetter, the aunt of Ms Leadbetter, earlier said her father was so traumatised by the accident that he was unable to speak.
‘John is just in shock – he can’t even talk,’ Danielle Leadbetter told the Courier Mail.
‘The whole family is in exactly the same state. It’s a state of shock.’
She said the toughest part was knowing her family never got to say goodbye to Kate.
‘If someone is sick and you know that they’re going to die, you can prepare for that. You can’t prepare for a tragedy like this,’ she said.
BRISBANE CAR CRASH TRAGEDY: A TIMELINE
5.20pm – Teenager allegedly seen driving erratically through Alexandra Hills in Redlands, just outside of Brisbane. Shocking footage shows the teen allegedly driving into another car minutes before the tragedy
5.30pm – Teen driver allegedly ploughs into a tow truck causing his car to roll into Kate Leadbetter and partner Matthew Field who were out walking their dogs. Both die at the scene
Teenager allegedly flees the scene but is arrested a short time later
Frankie, the couple’s traumatised dog runs away from the intersection where the couple were killed
Teen is charged with two counts of murder
11.30am – Frankie the dog is found by search party after she was missing for more than 12 hours and taken to the vet
6pm – Vigil held for the young couple at the corner of Finucane and Vienna Road
Families of victims speak about the tragedy for the first time and reveal the couple had planned to name their unborn son Miles
The Toyota LandCruiser that the teenager was allegedly driving lies damaged at the scene of the horror crash around 5.20pm on Tuesday. Moments earlier it had allegedly been used in a road rage incident on a nearby road
In a small win for the couple’s loved ones in an otherwise tragic story, the couple’s traumatised dog Frankie was found hiding in dense bushland at about 11.30am on January 27.
Frankie suffers from Addison’s disease which means she requires daily medication and is now being cared for by Dr Ray Baxter at the SuperVets clinic.
Dr Baxter said despite countless offers from the community to cover the cost of her medical bills, the clinic had waived the fees for looking after Frankie.
Frankie (pictured) was missing for more than 12 hours after the horrific incident on Australia Day
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