Young crash victim’s family issues heartbreaking plea
THE family of a woman killed beside her boyfriend in a horror crash shortly after leaving his 21st birthday party north of Brisbane made a desperate plea to other young drivers.
A night of celebration ended in tragedy when Jordan Whittle, 20, and Sarah Mitchell, 21, died as the car they were in smashed into a power pole on Bayview Rd, Deception Bay, at 3.30am Saturday.
They had left a party for Mr Whittle's upcoming birthday just minutes earlier.
Ms Mitchell was driving.
Her sister Emma Lander on Saturday posted an impassioned plea on social media for others to take care on the road.
"Please, please, please don't ever get behind the wheel thinking you are immortal. We are so fragile, don't take a second for granted."
The car's mangled wreckage was wrapped around the pole and its engine was lying about 30m away when emergency services arrived.
In a tragic coincidence, a young local woman who was first on the scene was an old school friend of the couple.
"I only found out later that it was Sarah and my mate Jordan," Hayleigh Lamb said.
"I still can't believe it has ended this way."
Sarah Mitchell's dad left a portrait of a wolf at the crash site. Others left flowers and stuffed toys.
Ms Lamb contacted the victims' friends to let them know what happened, and she plans to look after a shrine at the crash site to honour the pair.
After the car was removed from the scene, friends and family of the young victims brought flowers and tributes.
Ms Mitchell's dad placed a portrait of a wolf against the pole with a message.
"May the wolf look after you and protect you on your journey. You will be sadly missed, until we meet again. Heaps of love and cuddles," he wrote.
A nurse who was the second person on the scene said the noise woke her up.
"It was a shock," she said. "When I first saw (the car), I walked away, I knew they were not going to last, poor darlings.
"It's not something we will ever forget."
A Queensland Police spokeswoman said investigations were continuing.