Speed and evasion were two of Dale Shearer’s greatest assets on the rugby league field but they may have been contributing causes to a car crash at Peregian Springs that almost claimed his life last Saturday night.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the crash, but it is believed Mr Shearer was travelling along Walter Hay Drive just after 11pm when he passed a police car heading in the opposite direction.
Police officers told investigators Mr Shearer appeared to speed up after seeing their vehicle.
The officers said they had to negotiate a roundabout in order to follow Mr Shearer but by the time the police car was headed in the same direction as Mr Shearer, his silver Porsche was out of sight.
The officers continued to drive south, where they discovered Mr Shearer’s crumpled vehicle against an embankment at the northern Peregian Springs roundabout.
It is believed Mr Shearer attempted to brake as he approached the roundabout but was unable to negotiate the turn. Instead of going around, his car went straight through the roundabout, hitting a power pole and becoming airborne before crashing into the embankment.
Paramedics rushed Mr Shearer to Sunshine Coast Airport where he was then airlifted by the Energex rescue helicopter to Brisbane.
The crash comes just one year after Mr Shearer’s wife, Delyse, died of cancer.
Members of his family, including sons Jesse, 17, and Jakson, 14, have gathered at Royal Brisbane Hospital where Mr Shearer, at the time of printing, remained in a critical but stable condition.
A family spokesperson said Mr Shearer’s recovery was still in its “early days”.
“We would like to thank all of those people who were first on the scene to assist,” the spokesperson said.
“Doctors have said the quick response helped save his life.
“It’s still early days in his recovery. He’s sedated, but has managed to communicate a little through winking.
“We’re confident that his strong spirit will get him through this.”
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