A donkey has died after being accidentally hit by a car along Chambers Flat Rd in Park Ridge around midday today (incident scene pictured above, courtesy of witness Brian Bellette).
Police euthanised the donkey on scene after it suffered life threatening injuries from the crash, while the driver of a sedan escaped injury.
The driver’s car was badly damaged in the collision that occurred on Chambers Flat Rd between Koplick Rd and School Rd.
The QAS confirmed the driver was not required to go to hospital for treatment.
Police and the RSPCA’s emergency response team tended to the scene.
RSPCA spokesperson Michael Beatty said the donkey, named Steele, escaped from a nearby property.
He said the driver is lucky to be alive.
“The lady is very sad and lucky to be alive,” said Mr Beatty.
“It’s very sad, we’re very pleased the woman was okay, but sadly the donkey wasn’t.”
Mr Beatty said the right decision was made to euthanise the donkey.
“The back legs were totally paralysed, and the decision was made to euthanise it on the scene,” he said.
“They don’t euthanise animals lightly, so it would have had to have been serious, and it was obviously a lot of pain.”
Police notified the owner before euthanising the animal.
The owners have since taken the donkey’s remains away for burial.
Motorist Brian Bellette pulled up to assist on the scene moments after the incident occured.
“It happened probably about 2 seconds before I got there,” said Mr Bellette. “Police, ambulance, and tow trucks attended, where a police officer had to euthanise it.”
He described the donkey as elderly and said a lot of people stopped to assist.
“A lot of rubberneckers, there were two guys there who were assisting traffic until police arrived.
“A lot of people did stop and wanted to help, but the traffic was quite close passing the injured donkey, and I was pretty concerned about the welfare of those people trying to assist.”
Mr Bellette added that traffic was slow getting through the area for about an hour after the incident occurred.