UPDATE: Senior police officer stood down over fatal crash

UPDATE: A SENIOR police officer has been stood down after fatally hitting a pedestrian with his car in Cairns early this morning.

Assistant Commissioner Paul Taylor of the Northern Region was driving a car in the carpark of the Cairns district police building on Sheridan Street when he struck a 37-year-old Longreach man who was lying on the driveway at about 4.20am. 

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The ABC has identified the man as Longreach butcher Ryan Savage. 

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said his thoughts and condolences were with the man's family and that police would provide them with the support needed during what he described as a 'terrible tragedy on many levels'.

He promised a thorough and impartial investigation led by police officers from Brisbane.


"I have sent specialists in traffic crash analysis, scene processing and of course investigators from the Ethical Standards Command to conduct this investigation," Commissioner Stewart said.

"It is important that the public have confidence in the impartiality and integrity of the investigation which is why police from Brisbane have been sent. It is also why Assistant Commissioner Paul Taylor has been stood aside."

A senior officer from Longreach visited the man's family this morning and will remain in contact with them throughout the investigation.

Forensic Crash investigators, along with Scenes of Crime officers and investigators from the Ethical Standards Command have travelled from Brisbane to Cairns and are investigating the incident.


EARLIER 7.49am: A MAN has been killed in the driveway of a government building in Cairns after being hit by a vehicle driven by a senior police officer.

Police said the officer from the Northern Region was driving in the carpark of a government building on Sheridan Street.

At around 4.20am, police were called to Sheridan Street.

The man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Ethical Standards Command will investigate and the Crime and Corruption Commission has been notified as per normal procedure.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.