Cameron Cripps, 48, was killed when he collided with a car while cycling on Mt Nebo on Sunday morning.
Cameron Cripps, 48, was killed when he collided with a car while cycling on Mt Nebo on Sunday morning.

Cyclist and dad one of 21 killed over school holidays

BRISBANE father-of-three Cameron Cripps was one of 21 Queenslanders killed during the school holidays.

The deaths represented the state's third-worst toll for the mid-year holiday period.

The 48-year-old, from Samford, was one of five who died in the final 24 hours of the school holidays.

The veteran cyclist was riding on Mount Nebo, north of Brisbane, on Sunday when he collided with a car.

The shocking toll has prompted a desperate plea from police for motorists to slow down and pay attention, as school resumes this week.

Mr Cripps' wife, Leanne, said her husband was "a gentle man who loved me and his boys so much"

"(He) took every opportunity to tell anyone who would listen how proud of his family he was," she said. "He died doing his next love, ­cycling."


Cameron Cripps.
Cameron Cripps.

Mr Cripps' close friend Robert Ham revealed yesterday that the father-of-three had been training to re-enter competitive cycling.

Mr Ham remembered his lifelong mate as the most genuine bloke he knew.

"If he asked how you were, he genuinely wanted to know the answer," Mr Ham said.

"He was passionate, quiet, modest and humble."

The toll coincides with Queensland Police's annual road blitz, Operation Cold Snap, which ends on Friday. Police are targeting speeding, drink and drug driving, seat belt use, driver distraction and fatigue.

In the worst Operation Cold Snap blitz, 25 people died in three weeks in 2008, which was followed closely by the death of 23 people over the same period in 2009.

Queensland Police Service Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating called the past 2½ weeks "extraordinary".

"These are avoidable statistics. These are avoidable situations," he said.

Speeding and drink/drug driving have been revealed as the main cause of crashes during the period, with speed a factor in five of the fatalities.

As of yesterday, the state's death toll sat at 130 for the year, which is five more than this time last year. On June 23, the road toll was 109.