Police renew calls for witnesses to fatal accident involving Sue Salthouse

Michael Weaver 30 July 2020
The scene of the accident on 20 July

Police at the scene of the accident on Commonwealth Ave on 21 July. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

ACT Policing has renewed its call for witnesses following a collision on the Commonwealth Ave Bridge that led to the death of renowned disability advocate Sue Salthouse.

The accident occurred at Parkes at about 2:40 pm on Monday, 20 July, when Ms Salthouse was travelling south in her wheelchair-accessible motorcycle. She died later in hospital.

Police are very keen to speak with anyone who may have provided assistance to Ms Salthouse following the collision.

Police believe a number of pedestrians or joggers stopped to assist Ms Salthouse but left the scene without talking to police.


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A day after the accident, ACT Policing’s Superintendent Corey Heldon said a male driver in a utility hit the wheelchair-accessible motorcycle from behind when the accident occurred.

“It would appear as though the person in the vehicle has hit the rear of the wheelchair-accessible motorbike, and that’s caused the collision that resulted in the death,” Supt Heldon said.

The male driver of the utility has been assisting police with their investigations.

ACT Policing Officer-in-Charge of Road Policing Detective Inspector Marcus Boorman said further information from people may assist in progressing the investigation.

“Whenever someone dies on the roads, police need to ascertain how and why it happened,” said Det Insp Boorman.

“I would like to stress that the people who rendered assistance in this instance are not being sought for any reason other than that they may be able to help us work out the full circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.

“I understand these people may not wish to talk about it, but they may have seen something that police have not yet been made aware of. I urge them to come forward.”

Anyone who may have assisted or who has additional information, and who has not already spoken to police, should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 6579817. Information can be provided anonymously.


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