QPS Officer’s Leg Severed On Impact In Sunshine Coast Hit and Run

A Police officer’s leg was torn from his body and landed 60m away during a horrific hit and run accident on the Sunshine Coast, a court heard.

Senior Constable Len Elliott had been undertaking random breath testing on Steve Irwin way at Beerwah on Good Friday last year when a motorcyclist Ty Matheson approached at up to 136km an hour.

The officer — who was wearing night visibility gear — was struck so hard his right leg with its leather shoe was completely severed, exposing the bone.

Sen Const. Elliott had to undergo a “traumatic amputation” above the knee and has been wearing a prosthetic leg since his return to work.

In the aftermath of the accident he suffered significant “phantom limb pain” and is now confined to desk work.

Matheson, now 20, will spend 14 months in jail and lose his license for four years after pleading guilty to dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death or grievous bodily harm whilst excessively speeding and leaving the scene of an incident without obtaining help.

Source: Courier Mail.

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