IN MEMORY: 13 people we lost on Gympie roads this year
It has been a horror year on Queensland roads in 2020, and the Gympie region has been no exception.
260 people have died in 235 fatal crashes across the state to December 13, according to the Queensland Road Crash Weekly Report.
Those numbers are up a staggering 21.5 per cent and 22.4 per cent respectively on the statistics from this time last year.
We remember the 13 people who died on Gympie region roads this year, and will not be coming home to spend Christmas with their loved ones.
A 28-year-old Gympie man was one of two people killed in an horrific single-vehicle crash at Capella on Monday night, police revealed.
The man and a 19-year-old Emerald woman were both killed when the ute they were travelling in crashed on the Gregory Highway.
Lindsay and Robyn Jensen, reportedly from Glenwood, were travelling with their beloved border collies in early March when their car collided with an SUV in Gunalda, killing them both on impact.
Lindsay’s brother Lyle Jensen said the world had lost two of the “kindest people you’ll ever meet”.
The Gympie and Cooloola communities were in mourning over the loss of one of their own in a horrible two car crash at Tinana.
74-year-old Bev Nimmo was killed when her red Toyota Corolla collided with a white RV heading north on the Iindah Rd West Bruce Highway on-ramp.
“I’ll remember her as the loveable lady she was, she had a very dry sense of humour. She made us all laugh and that’s how we’ll remember her,” Bev’s friend Marlene Owen said.
NSW man Deklan Gilmartin died at the scene of a Fraser Island crash on July 26.
The 29-year-old British national had been in Australia for about 10 years, and police believed he was in Queensland on holidays.
He was remembered as a “well liked character” by Football NSW.
Much-loved local man Jorn Gilbert-Hall, 21, died in hospital after a terrible crash on August 6 on Yabba Creek Rd, Imbil.
His mother, Elle Hall, was one of the first auxiliary firefighters on scene – and she helped cut back the roof of the crumpled Toyota Camry before hopping in the back seat and holding her critically injured son.
He was flown to hospital in Brisbane, but died days later. He was farewelled by the community that loved him so much in Imbil on August 18.
Police were called to the Bruce Highway at Coles Creek about 11pm on August 10 after a body was found between two northbound lanes, about 200 metres south of the Mary Valley Link Road overpass.
The victim, 48-year-old Dean Khan from Emerald, was assessed for critical injuries and pronounced dead at the scene.
A man was assisting police with inquiries by August 12.
18-year-old Tyreece Pilot died after a Toyota LandCruiser he was passenger in rolled on Teewah Beach late last month.
Police reported the crash happened on Teewah Beach Rd in Noosa North Shore just after 1am on August 22.
He died at the scene.
An 87-year-old woman from The Dawn died in hospital after the car she was a passenger in left Tin Can Bay Rd and struck several trees at Wallu just last week.
The Forensic Crash Unit was investigating the crash.
A 59-YEAR-old woman has died following last week’s horror crash on the Wide Bay Highway at Lower Wonga.
The woman was a passenger in an Isuzu utility that collided head-on with a Holden Commodore about 10.30am on Wednesday morning.
A 58-year-old Veteran man who was the driver of the Isuzu was injured and taken to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
THE Gympie community rallied behind the family of Jayden Alexander who was found deceased days after he was involved in a crash on the Bruce Highway at Kybong.
Police were searching for the 28-year-old after the car he was in crashed at Kybong late on October 15.
Sadly his body was found last Tuesday, four and a half days later in bushland.
A WOMAN died after being hit by a truck on the Bruce Highway near Gympie last night.
Police believe the woman got out of her car on the southbound side of the Bruce Highway near Mary Valley Link Road just before 7pm.
The woman was struck shortly afterwards according to initial police inquiries.
The family of 47-year-old Karmen Ellemor later joined police to appeal for witnesses and motorists with dashcam footage of the tragic incident.
The partner of a 53-year-old motorcycle rider who died after a crash at Black Mountain says she feels like a piece of her life has ended.
Glen Patten passed away after colliding with a campervan on Black Mountain Range Rd about 1.40pm Saturday, on his way home to Cooroy.
Tributes have flowed for the popular motorbike guru, with family and friends reflecting on the life of an “all-round good guy” cut tragically short.