A palpable sense of anger was felt in the Wynnum area following the death of a moped rider who was allegedly struck by a stolen car being driven by a teenager.
However, those closest to Michael Warburton know he wants to feel sorry for those responsible.
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At 59, Warburton was an avid gym goer and formed a close friendship with his personal trainer, Brad Marshall.
“Having spoken to[Warburton’s wife]Anita, I know he doesn’t want us to judge — to (instead) forgive, move on, stick together as a community, and stand behind his wife,” Marshall told 7NEWS .
Warburton was a beloved husband, father and parishioner.
He was on his way home from the gym when his moped was hit by a suspected stolen car on Monday morning.
Ellie Thorburn, a friend from the gym, was one of the last people to speak to him.
“Just a great man. A friend for everyone. A real comedian. He liked to laugh. A friend for everyone. Loved having coffee after a workout,” she said.
“He was just friendly. He liked a good party. A real family man, (he) loved his wife very much and the children.”
Marshall said Warburton had been his most consistent customer.
“He would never come in in a bad mood, ever,” he said.
“I will miss our banter, our camaraderie, the talks about football, the talks about life, our families, kids.
“Just a good friend. A steady buddy.”
Warburton, a die-hard Penrith Panthers fan, was looking forward to seeing his beloved team play in Sunday’s NRL grand final, Marshall said.
Maree Lowery, a family friend who set up GoFundMe to help pay for his funeral, described him as “a rare gem of a guy who was always there to help everyone in the community.”
Flowers are laid at the scene of the accident, where Warburton was riding a moped through the intersection of Kianawah and Youngs Rds in Wynnum West when he was struck by a white 2014 Nissan X-Trail just before 9.20am.
The Nissan was allegedly stolen from a nearby apartment building early in the morning.
Warburton died in hospital Monday night.
Four teenagers have been charged, including a 15-year-old boy who allegedly drove the Nissan. He was charged with dangerous motor vehicle operation resulting in death, burglary, failing to attend the scene of an accident and driving without a license.
Community members spoken to locally by 7NEWS have expressed their anger at the events.
Opposition leader David Crisafulli said Queenslanders needed to be protected as he called for a law change in the juvenile court system.
“Nothing will change until the laws change – we will be back here,” Crisafulli said.
“Those who have no consequences for their actions let everyone down.”
Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles said the “vast majority” of young people who come into contact with the juvenile justice system do not reoffend, but there is a small group of repeat offenders.
“We will continue to follow advice from our police force on how to support them in reducing recidivism,” he said.
– With Ned Balme and AAP
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