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Man charged over hit-and-run death of NRL player’s brother

A man has been charged following the suspected hit-and-run death of Jakob Opacic, brother of current Parramatta Eels centre and ex-Brisbane Bronco Tom Opacic.

Emergency services were called to the crash on Nerang Murwillumbah Road at Natural Bridge in the Gold Coast hinterland about 10.15am on Friday.

Crash victim Jakob Opacic.

Crash victim Jakob Opacic.Credit:Facebook

Mr Opacic, 28, was declared dead at the scene after he came off his motorbike about 3 kilometres south of Numinbah Correctional Centre.

A 29-year-old man from Benowa, who surrendered at the Laidley police station about 2am on Saturday, has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle, fail to comply with requirement to stop private vehicle, and driving of motor vehicle without a driver’s licence, disqualified by court order.

He was refused police bail and was due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on Monday.

A 28-year-old Mitchelton man was also being interviewed by police after he was arrested on the Sunshine Coast late on Saturday afternoon.

The scene in the Gold Coast hinterland on Friday.

The scene in the Gold Coast hinterland on Friday.Credit:Nine News Gold Coast – Facebook

Police said they believed Mr Opacic was involved in an argument with several men outside the prison a few minutes before the crash.

Mr Opacic is the brother of NRL centre Tom Opacic, who started his career at the Brisbane Broncos before moving to the North Queensland Cowboys and on to the Parramatta Eels.

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