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Community mourns teen driver killed in Blackwater crash

SADLY MISSED: Rebecca Fenton.
SADLY MISSED: Rebecca Fenton. Contributed

THE small community of the Gemfields is mourning the loss of another loved one gone too soon.

About 7.30am on Monday, 17-year-old Sapphire girl Rebecca Fenton died when her Hyundai Getz collided with another vehicle on the Capricorn Hwy at the intersection of the highway and Yarrabee Mine Haul Rd, 7km east of Blackwater.

The Emerald State High School student was believed to have been travelling back from Yeppoon with a male passenger, 22, when her vehicle ran into the back of a utility, driven by a Rockhampton man, 32, as it was stopped to turn in to the Yarrabee Mine Haul Rd.

Friends and family took to social networking sites after the crash to send messages of support.

One Facebook message wished the family all the best at a "very hard time".

"Thank you to everyone for the messages of support - it means a lot to all of the family," another read.

Forensic Crash Unit officer-in-charge Sergeant Ray Pimm said police were investigating the cause.

"We suspect it was inattention by the driver of the white Hyundai. We're doing mechanical inspections (and) checking other avenues of inquiries at this stage … it's still early days yet," he said.

Fatal crash near Blackwater. Photo Contributed WIN News
Fatal crash near Blackwater. Photo Contributed WIN News Contributed Photo ROK240613bwate

Topics:  blackwater, capricorn highway, fatality




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