Fatally hit during a run on her birthday
A TALENTED rower has been tragically killed on her birthday after being struck by a car while jogging in Brisbane's inner-west.
Friends last night gathered to remember the "beautiful" and "talented" Caroline Davis, who died hours after being rushed to hospital yesterday with serious head injuries.
Ms Davis, who had just turned 33, was crossing the intersection of Honour Ave and Bridge St, Chelmer, about 7am when she was struck by a utility.
She was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital, but could not be saved.
Members of Brisbane and GPS Rowing Club, where she was "a relative newcomer", took to social media to honour the hardworking sculler they called Caz.
Club chairman Ian Holzberger told The Courier-Mail Ms Davis joined the club with little experience a few years ago, and rose through the ranks.
"She put a lot of effort into it and achieved some quite significant goals in her time in the sport," he said.
Mr Holzberger described her as the life of the party - "vivacious, energetic and a very genuine, helpful person" who always had a joke.
"She's a pretty special lady," he said.
"It's one of those things; we won't know what we miss about her until she's not there.
"She's like salt, she was in everything, she helped everywhere and she will be very sorely missed."
Her aunt Di Ball last night said she was devastated.
"My beautiful, talented niece and goddaughter Caroline died this morning," she wrote on Facebook. "I/we are devastated".
As the news was announced by the rowing club, other clubs and members offered their condolences.
"I just don't want to believe it," one wrote. "Caz was the most beautiful, energetic and enthusiastic go-getter.
"Such a gorgeous girl … I will miss her smile so much. My heart goes out to Caz's family."
Ms Davis was an avid traveller and kept a blog about her journeys around Canada and Europe. The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.