Second tragedy shatters mum
NORTH Rockhampton mother Bernadine Wilkinson is about to bury her second son in less than three years.
Ms Wilkinson's son Stephen John Wilkinson, 16, was killed in a freak car accident on Friday night.
In a cruel twist of fate, Ms Wilkinson had previously lost her three-year-old son Jye Conrad Perry when he was stabbed to death by his aunt on Boxing Day, 2002.
The murder charges were dropped when it was determined the boy's aunt was of unsound mind at the time.
Ms Wilkinson said she had only just started to get over the first death.
"I don't believe it's sunk in. It still feels unreal,'' she said.
"I can't believe I'm about to bury another son.''
Ms Wilkinson said Stephen, more affectionately known as Stevie, had been riding home from work on his BMX bike when he was killed on Thozet Road, North Rockhampton, about 8pm. ? While it is still unknown how Stevie was knocked to the ground, police believe he was lying unconscious on the road when an oncoming car ran over him.
He had not been wearing a helmet. Ms Wilkinson said Stevie had been on "cloud nine'' after leaving a work celebration and was just minutes from arriving home when killed. "I guess it was a freak accident.
"If he had just worn a helmet he could have got back up and on his bike. It shouldn't have happened.''
Ms Wilkinson said Stevie was a popular boy, liked by all.
She said he loved his cat Bundy, his music and DVDs.
Ms Wilkinson said he had worked as a labourer at a Rockhampton steel business for the past year.
"He was a happy-go-lucky kid. I was very proud of him.''
Ms Wilkinson said her 18-year-old son Kayne was also devastated and had been close to both brothers.
She said while she had plenty of support from friends and family, she didn't know how she was going to go on. "I just keep going. "That's all I can do. I've got to be there for my 18-yearold son.''
Ms Wilkinson said she wished she could get her hands on the person who stood over her son's body and took photos on his mobile phone camera.
"It's so sick.
"What is wrong with people? I was horrified.''
Ms Wilkinson said she was also hurt to discover that some motorists on Thozet Road had been unwilling to stop driving just moments after the accident when Stevie's body still lay on the road.
"I'm so disgusted. Stevie was everyone's friend.
"He didn't deserve to be treated like that in his death.''
Ms Wilkinson said Stevie's funeral had been planned for Thursday.
After that, she said she would take Kayne and leave Rockhampton for good.
"We're leaving on Friday.
"I've lost two sons here. We just need to get away.
"I'll always come back to visit my sons' graves, but we've had enough of Rockhampton.
"What's the odds against this happening twice when I was just starting to adjust to my first son's death and move on.''
North Rockhampton High School acting principal Ian Garvey said while Stevie was not enrolled in the school anymore, the school's thoughts were with the family.
He said counselling was available to any student who required it.
Police are investigating the accident.