Mother?s grief after fatal crash

JUST the other day we were telling her how much we loved her, how special she was, how compassionate and caring she was and how beautiful she was ? she knew that... she knew how much she meant to us, and now we're just devastated.''

Those were the words of Kathleen Pollard, whose daughter, Karla, 18, was killed instantly when her car and a semi-trailer collided at the intersection of Gladstone-Benaraby Road and the Bruce Highway yesterday at 8.30am.

She walked out the door this morning and she's not coming back,'' Mrs Pollard said yesterday as she held back the tears.

Karla's Mazda sedan and the semi-trailer collided when she turned right at the Benaraby intersection, heading north on the Bruce Highway.

The truck driver was not injured. Yesterday Mrs Pollard remembered her teenage daughter as having achieved more than most people her age, beginning a traineeship with Calliope Shire Council just a few months ago, and studying accounting at university.

"She was looking forward to going overseas again ? we were going on a holiday to Egypt and the Mediterranean, and to Los Angeles to visit Disneyland,'' Mrs Pollard said.

Mrs Pollard said Karla had eventually wanted to become a doctor in Townsville but decided to get a job first.

"She wanted to get a job to earn some money, get a car and stay home a bit longer ? she didn't want to move away from home and leave her family just yet,'' Mrs Pollard said.

She said the family, includ- ing Karla's sisters, Berlinda, 16, and Anna, 28, and her fa- ther, Charles, would always re- member Karla as a thoughtful and caring girl with a huge ca- pacity to give.

Mrs Pollard said the family was yet to decide a date for Kar- la's funeral.

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