Injune car crash: Two people charged with manslaughter after boy left in crashed car

Two people charged with manslaughter after little boy, 6, was allegedly left in the wreckage of a crashed LandCruiser on the side of country road before being hit by a semi-trailer

  • Six-year-old boy died in crash on remote country road in south-east Queensland  
  • Police allege he wasn’t removed quickly from 4WD that rolled-over about 2am 
  • Landcruiser was then struck by a truck which had reduced visibility at night 

Two people have been charged with manslaughter after a young boy was killed when he was allegedly left in the wreck of a crashed four-wheel drive that was then struck by a semi-trailer on a country road. 

Riley Wells, 6, died from head injuries in the January, 6, 2022 crash on the Carnarvon Highway near the town of Injune about 500km west of Brisbane.

Investigators allege the boy wasn’t removed from a Toyota LandCruiser that left the road and repeatedly rolled over, despite two adults – Jesse Dennis, 34, and Anne Harrison, 19 – managing to free themselves from the vehicle.

The four-wheel drive ended up overturned in the northbound lane about 2am before a passing truck collided with it. The boy died at the scene.

Riley Wells (pictured right) from Roma was left in the rolled-over car. He is pictured here with his parents Ian Wells and Shanowahh Dennis who were not involved in the crash

Riley Wells (pictured right) from Roma was left in the rolled-over car. He is pictured here with his parents Ian Wells and Shanowahh Dennis who were not involved in the crash

The RACQ Lifelight helicopter attended the scene near Injune in January 2022 (pictured)

The RACQ Lifelight helicopter attended the scene near Injune in January 2022 (pictured) 

After a year-long investigation, police on Wednesday charged the vehicle’s driver Mr Dennis and passenger Ms Harrison.

The man has also been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death, while both were charged with taking a protected animal.

The three were allegedly returning from a kangaroo-shooting trip in the rural area when the crash happened.

Both were granted police bail and will appear in Roma Magistrates Court on January 17.

Ms Harrison, whose puppy was also killed in the impact, shared online a month after the crash that Riley’s smile ‘would lighten everyone’s day’. 

Family friend Lynette Goodworth said: ‘I knew how hard it would hit his family. Riley was a really lovely kid.’

‘He loved his brothers, he loved pigging (pig hunting) with his dad, fishing and shooting. He was a real country kid and loved all the stuff that kids do out here in Roma,’ she said.

Two people have been charged after they allegedly did not quickly remove the boy from the rolled-over car which was then hit by a truck

Two people have been charged after they allegedly did not quickly remove the boy from the rolled-over car which was then hit by a truck 

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