Happier times. Gavin Taylor, who died when he was crushed by his car near Ingham, has his nails painted by one of his daughters. Picture: SUPPLIED
Happier times. Gavin Taylor, who died when he was crushed by his car near Ingham, has his nails painted by one of his daughters. Picture: SUPPLIED

Daddy’s girls heartbroken after tragic phone call

The Townsville-based former partner of an Ingham man who was crushed to death beneath his car says her two disabled teenage daughters are struggling to cope with the loss of a father they worshipped.

Speaking to the Herbert River Express by phone from her Townsville home, Joanne Gill said she had been with Gavin Taylor since 2000 even though he lived with his mother in her Ingham home.

Mrs Gill said she and her two daughters Bianca, 16, and Claudia, 13, had only just seen Mr Taylor on Friday, three days before his tragic death on his father's rural property on the outskirts of Ingham.

Both girls have learning difficulties and need full-time care. Bianca also suffers from a congenital heart defect.

Mrs Gill said Mr Taylor was the "best dad you could ever wish for".

"He used to take them fishing, quad-bike riding, you know he was always fun, always fun, he was always out doing something, he'd take him four-wheel driving down at the salt pans and stuff like that."

Mrs Gill, a full-time carer, said the girls adored their father.

"They are daddy's girls, they've always been daddy's girls, they're just so cut up, they can't believe it … it's just been like 'wow'.

"They're still just devastated, it's hard to believe."

 

Ingham man Gavin Taylor died after his car fell on his chest, pinning him. Picture: SUPPLIED
Ingham man Gavin Taylor died after his car fell on his chest, pinning him. Picture: SUPPLIED

Mrs Gill said she hadn't been told about the circumstances surrounding the death, saying she only knew what had been reported in the Townsville Bulletin.

She said the girls had found out about the accident when she answered a phone on speaker when she was driving home.

"I got a phone call that he was stuck under the car and it didn't look good and a little bit later I got the phone call that he had passed," she said.

"I was already stopped, so I put the car in park and mate, I just bawled my eyes out and so did the kids because the phone was on loudspeaker unfortunately.

"The second call (20 minutes later), that was even worse."

Mrs Gill said Mr Taylor worked in a number of roles, including as a truck driver, labourer, lawn mower and general handyman.

"Mate, he was awesome, he was a really great provider for his family," she said.

"There were times there he didn't have work but he kept himself really, really busy."

She said she was still in love with Mr Taylor.

"I was still very much in love with him, he was the best man ever."



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