BELOVED FAMILY: Allan, Olivia, and Beverley Harwood at Olivia's formal earlier this year.
BELOVED FAMILY: Allan, Olivia, and Beverley Harwood at Olivia's formal earlier this year. Contributed

Teen killed in horror crash honoured at Qld touch carnival

THIS week, Olivia Harwood should have been running on to the field with her touch football team-mates.

Instead her jersey has been retired and a minute's silence was held at the Queensland All Schools Touch before kick-off.

Olivia, 17, was in her final weeks of schooling at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School when she was killed in a horrific car crash on the Warrego Hwy near Oakey last week.

Sadly, her mother Beverley, 44, died in hospital on Monday.

Olivia's father Allan, 48, was seriously injured in the crash and is recovering in hospital.

Girls Grammar principal Christine Hills said the school community had deeply felt the loss of Olivia and Beverley.

 

Olivia Harwood, 17, died after a crash on the Warego Hwy near Oakey.
Olivia Harwood, 17, died after a crash on the Warego Hwy near Oakey. Contributed

She said Olivia's touch team-mates, and the school community generally, were "very touched" by the response at the All Schools competition.

Olivia and sisters Sophie and Molly (who were not involved in the crash) have attended Girls Grammar since Prep.

"It is an extremely painful time with the loss of a mother and wife, and a sister and daughter," Ms Hills said. "Olivia and Bev and the Harwood family have been, and will continue to be, an integral part of the school community."

Ms Hills said Beverley and Allan could "always be relied on" to be involved in any school fundraisers from the annual race day to Bulls 'N' Barrels.

That event, which raises money for breast cancer charities, is being held at The Great Western Hotel on Saturday.

Ms Hills said the venue had been "wonderful" in taking over organisation of the event in the wake of the tragedy to allow the school to focus on student care and wellbeing.

Students have now returned to their final term of the year, but Ms Hills said senior students had been strongly supported by Lifeline.

Allan's CQ Podiatry clinic is open for business as usual and would welcome customer support at this difficult time.



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