Titans sponsor killed by semi-trailer
By KATE McINTOSH firstname.lastname@example.org MAJOR Gold Coast Titans sponsor David Taylor died yesterday after apparently walking into the path of a B-double truck on the Pacific Highway.
It is understood the married father-of-three had walked from his black Range Rover, parked on the roadside, when the incident occurred about 7am at Tweed Heads.
The 50-year-old truck driver, who was travelling south at the time, was unable to avoid Mr Taylor, a prominent Gold Coast businessman, despite swerving heavily in the moments before the collision.
The driver was not hurt in the incident and was later released from the Tweed Hospital.
Mr Taylor's Robina-based construction company, David Taylor Building Services (DTBS), signed a three-year sponsorship deal with the fledgling Gold Coast rugby league club last year ahead of its 2007 NRL debut.
Titans' media spokesman Ian Buchanan said the club was deeply saddened by Mr Taylor's death.
"He's been an enormous supporter of ours from day one and we're deeply saddened by his loss in what is a tragic event," he said.
DTBS was behind a number of prominent Tweed and Gold Coast developments.
According to its company profile, DTBS is prominent in the retail, commercial and residential sectors. It is understood to be involved in projects worth about $200 million.
The exact circumstances surrounding Mr Taylor's death remained a mystery.
Traffic was blocked for up to three hours while police crash investigations were carried out on-scene.
A white sheet covered Mr Taylor's body, which lay in the centre of the road near the truck, which was resting against the median strip.
Friends and family gathered yesterday at Mr Taylor's luxury Palm Beach home.
A family friend said the family was devastated by the loss.