Martin Agius, whose brother, Ben, died in a crash on Thursday, and his cousin were taken to hospital after a collision on Saturday.
Martin Agius, whose brother, Ben, died in a crash on Thursday, and his cousin were taken to hospital after a collision on Saturday. Nat Bromhead

Crash shocks grieving mum

LESS than 48 hours after she lost her 19-year-old son Ben in a car crash, Bernadine Agius learnt a second son had been involved in a collision between two four-wheel drives.

Mrs Agius received a call from her sister in law on Saturday telling her someone had posted on Facebook that 15-year-old Martin had been taken to hospital.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Wollingford and Mackay-Eungella Rds.

Martin was travelling with a cousin to pick up a newspaper for their grandparents when they were involved in the collision.

"They wanted to surprise my mum and dad by getting the paper early," Mrs Agius said.

"My sister in law rang Martin's telephone and when I answered she said 'Where's Martin?'

"And then she said someone's put on Facebook he's been in a car crash.

"So I rang mum and dad and my nephew answered the phone and sure enough it was true, so I ran off to town."

Mrs Agius' second eldest son, Ben, was killed when his car struck a railway crossing pole near Eton on Thursday evening.

Martin, who is the second youngest of the five brothers, suffered a large cut to the back of his head and had a minor case of amnesia as a result of Saturday's crash.

Mrs Agius said in the hours following the crash, Martin forgot his brother was no longer alive.

"When I got there Martin was getting x-rayed and all I could think of was that Ben was also in the hospital somewhere deceased," she said.

"Martin had bad amnesia and couldn't remember Ben had died and kept asking the same question.

"He has a gap he won't regain. He remembers Ben passing now but he has forgotten the day of the accident.

"But there's nothing you can do about that. He may get it back... or he may not get it back."



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