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Iona College community in mourning for couple killed in tragic accident

Tragic: Matthew Field, 37, and Katherine Leadbetter, who were expecting their first child, were hit and killed by a car when they were crossing an intersection at the corner of Vienna and Finucane roads on the afternoon of Australia Day. Photo: Facebook

IONA College is grieving for one of its own after a couple was tragically killed crossing a road in Alexandra Hills, east of Brisbane, on Tuesday.

Matthew Field, 37, and Katherine Leadbetter, who were expecting their first child, were hit and killed by a car when they were crossing an intersection at the corner of Vienna and Finucane roads on the afternoon of Australia Day.

They were struck by a four wheel drive vehicle at the intersection while they were walking their dogs, and they died at the scene.

A 17-year-old male is remanded in custody by the Brisbane Children’s Court, charged with two counts of murder.

He also faces charges of dangerous driving (adversely affected by an intoxicating substance) and burglary.  

Iona College, where Mr Field had been a member of the Class of 2000, joined a throng of people praying for the couple, their families and friends, and paying tribute to them.

“It is with genuine sadness that we ask you to all keep the families and friends of Matt Field (Class of 2000), Kate Leadbetter and their precious unborn child in your prayers after they all died as a result of the horrific incident in Alexandra Hills on January 26,” the college said in a Facebook post.

“We also remember Matt’s brother Andrew (Class of 1998) in our prayers during this very sad time.

“Words cannot express our sadness, shock and anger at this senseless, reckless and terrible sequence of events.

“Every amount of positivity, love and care that you can share for all of Matt and Kate’s family and friends would be appreciated.

“We pray that as people of hope and faith that we will see all three of these beautiful lives again in heaven.”

A vigil was held at the accident scene on January 27, and mourners left cards, flowers and soft toys, prayed and paid their respects.

The 17-year-old male remains in custody, with the Children’s Court hearing adjourned until March.

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