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Canberra truckie unluckiest man no longer on earth

By johnboy - 29 June 2009 67

[First filed: June 26, 2009 @ 11:14]

LiveNews bring word that a 66 year old Canberra truck driver was tragically killed overnight when he had the misfortune to be driving past a KFC car park shootout in Sydney’s southwest:

    The truck driver was travelling in his semi-trailer along Milperra Road in Milperra around 10:30 last night, when he became the unfortunate victim of a shooting in a KFC carpark.

    Up to six men were fighting when a bullet travelled 250 metres to the man’s truck, hitting him in the face.

    He’s been identified at a 66-year-old from Canberra.

You couldn’t make up this sort of stuff.

UPDATE: The Daily Telegraph has more information and commenters have noted the driver appears to have managed to park the truck before expiring. No mean feat considering the shock that would surround sustaining a fatal wound completely out of the blue.

FURTHER UPDATE: The Herald Sun has named the victim as Bob Knight of Macgregor. He is survived by his wife Jeanette, two children, David and Cathy, and three grandchildren, Georgia, Alli and Josh. Our condolences to all in the family.

Another Update: The ABC has a few more details, as well as links to video and audio.


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Canberra truckie unluckiest man no longer on earth
johnboy 1:04 pm 26 Jun 09

And it does happen yes, especially in countries where they like to celebrate by spraying their kalashnikovs into the sky.

But you’d be hard pressed to hang a dramatic plot on it unless it was for a show based on weird ways people can die.

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:00 pm 26 Jun 09

A bullet heading at a packed train is massively more likely to find a target than one at a truck with a single occupant.

There was another one on telly where somebody fired a bullet into the air and it killed somebody standing in their driveway miles away.

Hank 12:56 pm 26 Jun 09

This is a very sad story; condolences to his family.

The people involved in killing this man should suffer.

Skidbladnir 12:41 pm 26 Jun 09

That is -insanely- unlucky.
According to reports, everyone involved has survived except this guy, whose name has not officially been released.

To his credit, he seems to have had enough presence of mind to pull over after being hit.
(Milperra Road is a six-lane, 80kph arterial road)
Daily Telegraph 26/06/2009, Truckie drove 200 metres after being shot

ant 12:24 pm 26 Jun 09

What a rotten thing to happen to what was most likely a hard working bloke. Note his age, too. I hope they get the idiots, fighting with guns in a populated area. Throw away the key.

bloodnut 12:17 pm 26 Jun 09

Having shared a cab on many lengthy road trips, i will attest to our local truckies being one of the hardest working breeds in Australia.

I hope there’s some meted justice when events eventually unfold.

OzChick 12:14 pm 26 Jun 09

Postalgeek said :

Apparently he managed to pull over the double trailer semi before he died. Hats off to a heroic effort.

Indeed.

Postalgeek 12:10 pm 26 Jun 09

Apparently he managed to pull over the double trailer semi before he died. Hats off to a heroic effort.

screaming banshee 11:54 am 26 Jun 09

jennybel75 said :

Condolances to his family.

+1

Holden Caulfield 11:51 am 26 Jun 09

That sucks. 🙁

Deadmandrinking 11:51 am 26 Jun 09

Wow, in Milperra?

You think they would have learned a thing or two there…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milperra_Massacre

johnboy 11:49 am 26 Jun 09

dvaey said :

Sad story, who’d think random street gunfights would happen in Australia, this is more the sort of thing we expect to hear from our friends across the pacific.

By the way, you can make this stuff up, CSI New york did a similar story last year with a guy on a train.

A bullet heading at a packed train is massively more likely to find a target than one at a truck with a single occupant.

Inappropriate 11:47 am 26 Jun 09

Talk about tragically unlucky.

dvaey 11:46 am 26 Jun 09

Sad story, who’d think random street gunfights would happen in Australia, this is more the sort of thing we expect to hear from our friends across the pacific.

By the way, you can make this stuff up, CSI New york did a similar story last year with a guy on a train.

jennybel75 11:34 am 26 Jun 09

Poor guy. That’s a real tragedy, not the death of a dodgy pop singer which seems to be what the media is focussing on. Condolances to his family.

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