Little Skye sole survivor of horror highway crash
WHAT was meant to be a simple shopping trip to Emerald ended in tragedy for a Rubyvale family when their sedan collided with an oncoming truck on the Capricorn Highway on Friday afternoon.
Loretta Davies, 28, her five-year-old daughter Lilu and her fiance, 46-year-old Jamie Ellem, were all killed in the accident, leaving seven-year-old Skye Rose Davies as the sole survivor from the family.
Skye was airlifted to the Rockhampton Hopsital on Friday afternoon. She remains in a serious but stable condition.
The details of this accident have shocked people all around the State and Central Queensland in particular, with Lorretta's facbook page being flooded with tributes from family members and friends over the weekend.
"R.I.P to my beautiful Niece Loretta Davies and her sweet daughter Lilu Grace. In god's arm's looking down on us all" her aunty wrote.
"I love you big sis, I really dont know what to say I wish I got to see you more than we did I really can't believe this happened love you so much Loretta an lulu use will alway be in our memories an hearts" her brother wrote.
"Cant believe it ... you nd your lil girl will be so sadly missed ... you are a ray of sunshine it a stormy sky ... will miss u x" a friend stated.
Acting inspector Jeff Douglas from the State Traffic Support Branch said that it was the second fatal accident involving a family in the State in as many weeks and one of the 221 fatal accidents this year.
"It's always a tragedy when somebody dies on our roads - even more so when it is a family and there are children involved. Every life lost has an enormous impact on the community," he said
It is believed that the sedan, which Ms Davies was driving, blew a tyre causing Ms Davies to lose control of the car and veer in front of the truck.
While acting inspector Douglas wanted to distance himself from those theories as the investigation continues, he did issue a warning to all motorists to maintain their vehicles.
"It is absolutely crucial that people take care of their vehicles, especially if they are travelling long distances as there are far too many risk factors out there on our roads," he said.
"Every November we do a blitz around the State, targeting vehicles with defects in the hope of encouraging people to take better care of their vehicles, so there is no better time than right now to make sure your vehicle is in a good condition."