The excerpts published in this story when aggregated form the entirety of full report compiled after a detailed mechanical inspection of Donna Rice’s vehicle conducted by Sergeant Bradley Dieckmann of the Qld Police Vehicle Inspection Unit based in Alderley, Brisbane.

Well kinda detailed. A little bit anyway.

At the time that Sergeant Dieckmann, who is a qualified motor mechanic, inspected the vehicle a minor storm was brewing about the failure of police and emergency services to attend to Donna Rice and her boys who had become trapped in floodwaters at a busy intersection and had been washed away to their deaths.

The ‘elite’ Taskforce Galaxy assembled to investigate the issues had, for reasons known only to those in charge of the task force but suspected by many, predetermined that Donna had driven into flood waters and was publicly intimating that she had been the architect of her own demise and was responsible for her boy Jordan’s death too.

Of course that premise has subsequently been proven to be absolutely and utterly false, but at the time police were desperate to label Donna a dickhead who drove into an inland river of water and promote a premise that there had been nothing police could possibly have done to help someone who was that stupid and reckless that they would endanger the lives of their own children.

Donna’s husband John Tyson and a number of eyewitnesses at the scene were saying that Donna’s car had simply, and terribly unluckily, stalled in the rain at the intersection where it was soon to become trapped. That scenario didn’t fit the false narrative that Taskforce Galaxy had created in order both to conceal the terrible deficiencies in the Triple O emergency call response to the dead woman’s pleas for help, and to cover-up the cowardice of a couple of senior officers who had a lot to lose if the full truth of their movements on the day that Donna and Jordan died was ever made public,

So the white Mercedes Benz in which Donna and Jordan took their last car ride was retrieved from the place it had been washed 400 meters downriver from where it was stopped and towed to a Toowoomba holding yard, and Sergeant Dieckmann was brought up from Brisbane to inspect it.

Oddly, he came at the request of Detective Senior Constable Andrew Lowe, the bloke who we now know jacked up the police statement of 11 year old Blake Rice, the only survivor from the deluged vehicle that day.


First up the Sergeant checked the chassis and noted that the car that had been swept away in a torrent had damage to four doors and a pillar.

Now that’s a surprise isn’t it? Nowhere near as much of a surprise though as what the vehicle inspection expert saw when he looked inside the car though, because the Sergeant observed that it had been extensively flood damaged.

Who would ever have thought hey?


Next he checked the brakes.

Yes the vehicle had some, and they worked. Duh! How could the car have stopped at the red light of they didn’t?


Dieckmann checked the steering wheel.

Yes, it was attached to the drive shaft. How unusual.

He checked the suspension.


Yes it worked too, which is very handy if you hot a bump while driving along the road,  but of no real consequence if your car is up to the roof in fast rising water.

Then he looked at the lights.

The front parking lights and the left headlight still worked, but all the others were rooted as a result of the Merc being tossed around like a rag doll in the raging current. Front page headline there – “Car submerged under ten tonnes of water’s lights don’t work. Premier seeks detailed explanation. Refers matter to a rower at the CCC. Says Chairman McSporran knows all about going to water’.

Dieckmann checked the tyres,

They were all there, but the right front tyre was flat.

The Sergeant didn’t ask himself whether it might have been that way when Donna became stuck at the traffic lights at the entrance to the fatal intersection, or carry out any tests to rule the possibility out. That would require an open mind.

So he simply pumped it back up.


And then Sergeant Dieckmann checked the engine and ran some tests in simulated rain conditions to test whether the vehicle may have stalled when the engine became wet.

Nah, just joking.

He didn’t really check the engine. That would have been too sensible.

Instead he just wrote out his report, without even looking at the big metal bit under the bonnet that powers a vehicle, or not, as the case may be.

The extremely thorough and detailed report declared that Donna’s car had no defects that could have contributed to the cause of the incident.

It was to be expected.

After all it is always the lights, brakes, suspension, tires and chassis that cause a car to stall isn’t it?

Isn’t it?

Isn’t it?

Ah what would I know Neville, I just put my faith in the boys in blue to do what needs to be done. These highly trained and efficient officers know exactly what they are doing.

And therein lies both the puzzle and the solution.

I’ll leave you to work out what they are.