Bright young lives snatched away
THE uncle of a young man killed in Wednesday night's horrific car smash on Lakes Creek Road yesterday said he hoped it would serve as a warning to all young people who believed they were invincible.
Anthony Whittington, 33, travelled from Canberra yesterday to be with family after the death of his nephew, Brent Whittington, 20.
Driver, 22-year-old Kyle Lebish, was also killed when his car struck a steel light pole at high speed on Bridge Street about 12.15 on Thursday morning.
As he placed flowers at the roadside memorial yesterday, Mr Whittington remembered his nephew as a "typical boy" who loved cars, bikes, footy, sport and above all, his family. "It is such a tragedy, all the family is just gutted," Mr Whittington said.
"He was a boy's boy, for sure and he had respect for people."
Mr Whittington said Brent was about to start a new life before it was cut short.
"His best mate had just got him a job in the railway in Brisbane.
"He was supposed to start in two weeks," he said.
Mr Whittington said he was confident the Rockhampton community would continue to rally and support Brent's father, Roger and everyone affected by the loss of the two young men. He said Brent was loved dearly by his family and commended Roger on the way he raised his son.
"I was the youngest of seven boys and I know what it is like when you are young.
"I know we, at times, escaped death and now it seems our actions have caught up with us," he said.
Fitzroy Pioneers rugby union stalwart and Lebish family friend, Shane Whitney yesterday paid tribute to Kyle, who was awarded the club's Under 19 most improved player trophy in 2003.
"He was a lovely young boy who was very dedicated and always came to training.
"He wasn't the best on the field but he would give you 100% every game," Mr Whitney said.
Kyle, a former Rockhampton High School student, joined the club when he was 17 but was forced to give the game away when work commitments became his main priority.
"He was a quick learner and was always trying to improve himself," Mr Whitney said.