Wacol Hit-and-Run Leaves Gold Coast Man Dead, Two Hospitalised


A Gold Coast man with an extensive criminal history was killed in a two-car collision in Wacol.

In the morning of the 28th of May 2024, at the intersection of Boundary and Progress roads, a Ford Mondeo struck Ryan William Victor Grafton, a 30-year-old passenger in a rideshare vehicle. The Ford driver fled the scene, prompting an ongoing police search.

The impact left the rideshare driver, Hussein Ali Mohamed, with suspected back injuries, and Grafton’s friend, Amelia Vinden, 26, in critical but stable condition with chest and abdominal injuries. Mohamed was discharged from Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital on Tuesday night, while Vinden remains hospitalised.

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Grafton’s sister, Lauren Bennett, remembered him as a devoted brother and uncle. Grafton’s past included a 2019 court appearance for offences such as car theft, using counterfeit money, and other crimes. A magistrate at the time described his behaviour as “totally out of control,” acknowledging his history of drug and dishonesty offences across three states.

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Police are investigating the crash and urge anyone with information or dashcam footage to come forward. An Uber spokeswoman expressed condolences for the passenger’s death and confirmed support for the driver and injured passenger.

This incident occurred shortly after a fatal rideshare accident in Sydney claimed the lives of a father and daughter. Additionally, a car hit a man in Goodna, causing serious injuries. The driver later turned himself in to the police. Another man was injured and hospitalised following a car crash in Purga.

Published Date 29-May-2024