Motorcycling couple's great adventure comes to tragic end
KEEN motorcyclists Steven and Gail Smith were bound for the Northern Territory when their holiday adventure was tragically cut short on the Warrego Hwy.
The circumstances leading up to the crash which killed Mrs Smith and critically injured her husband are the subject of a police ethical standards command investigation.
Mr and Mrs Smith were thrown from a motorcycle they were riding west on the Warrego Hwy about 12.20pm on Monday.
Mrs Smith, 59, died at the scene, about 10km east of Walumbilla, while Mr Smith, 61, was yesterday in the intensive care unit of Princess Alexandra Hospital.
He was listed as being in a critical but stable condition.
Police confirmed a car from Roma station was involved in the incident, however, their initial investigations indicated the vehicles did not collide.
Mr and Mrs Smith left their Modanville home, north of Lismore in New South Wales, on Sunday.
Neighbour Elizabeth Clark said the small community was shocked to hear of the tragic crash on the second day of their three-week trip.
Mrs Clark, whose family has lived next door to the Smiths for about 18 years, said her neighbours were active motorcycle club members.
"On lots of Sundays they would take off early with their riding group," Mrs Clark said.
She said Mrs Smith worked at a pre-school before becoming a children's swim instructor.
"She was a fun-loving person."
Mr and Mrs Smith had two sons and one grandchild.
"She was just a lovely lady who cared about everybody.
"I've got three children who love her to pieces so they will miss her too."
Investigations into the cause of the crash are continuing.