“There is a small child’s playground next to that road.”
“The driver’s lost control of the vehicle, it would suggest that his behaviour is a hooning activity, and certainly we have charged him with dangerous driving.”
Footage posted online in the moments before the incident show the vehicle driving at speed along the road with a cloud of white smoke behind it.
A large bang follows, before a number of bystanders race towards the scene – still obscured by the cloud.
“Absolutely, those bollards have been critical in the circumstances in saving people’s lives in my opinion,” Mr Hawkins said.
He added they footage appeared to show the vehicle, driven by a 44-year-old Glenview man, doing a “burnout” before crashing with the 16-year-old girl and 18-year-old man inside.
“If it is proven that this behaviour is intentional, this is nothing short of a stupid, an immature and certainly a dangerous act.”
The brewery took to Facebook shortly after the events to report one of its customers had sustained “what we believe to be a broken leg”, with his wife left shaken.
“The situation could have been so much worse and we are so grateful that the bollards took the full brunt of the impact,” the post said.
“We all have to be more vigilant and aware of the increased pedestrian traffic in the area, thank Christ some kid wasn’t cleaned up.”
In a statement on Thursday morning, police said two people dining at the venue had been transported to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital with minor injuries.
The forensic crash unit had seized the vehicle for their investigations, with the driver charged on Thursday afternoon.
He was bailed to appear in the Caloundra Magistrates Court on December 9.
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Matt Dennien is a reporter with Brisbane Times.