Police say they were not pursuing the Kia Sorrento sedan early on Sunday morning when it was on the wrong side of the road and clipped a roundabout, rolled and struck a light pole.
Two girls and two boys, believed to be aged between 14 and 18, died at the scene on the corner of Duckworth St and Bayswater Rd at Garbutt at about 4:30am.
“It looks like the vehicle has clipped a roundabout on Duckworth St causing it to roll,” Superintendent Assistant District Officer Glen Pointing told reporters.
“At no stage did the police pursue that vehicle or try to intercept that vehicle.”
The driver of the vehicle was taken to Townsville University Hospital in a stable condition.
Police said the 14-year-old boy was charged with the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.
He was also charged with two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and burglary, as well as a count of possessing dangerous drugs.
He is due to appear in Townsville Children’s Court this month.