Van owners fear for crash victim
THE owner of a stolen van involved in a fatal head-on collision on the Capricorn Hwy between the Yeppen Roundabout and Gracemere on Thursday has come forward to thank essential services for their help.
Nola Jarvis, along with her husband Mark, co-owns Moonshiners Professional Cleaning.
She said yesterday one of their vans was stolen from outside the Brunswick Hotel between 7 and 8am.
The driver of the Ford van then died at the scene after colliding with a sedan, injuring a 48-year-old woman who was yesterday still in a stable condition in Rockhampton Hospital.
Nola said Mark called her straight after he realised the van had been stolen, and asked her to bring the registration details to the hotel.
She said: "As I was racing over to drop the registration, I pulled off the road to let an ambulance past me, and I had that gut feeling that ambulance might have something to do with our van.
"By the time I got there to see Mark, he told me they'd found the van, and there had been a fatality at the crash.
"We spoke to the police, and they took us down to the crash site to try to retrieve some of the equipment and cleaning chemicals we had in the van."
Nola said the van contained their "livelihood", with more than $10,000 worth of equipment destroyed - but luckily their insurance had just come through.
The pair spent most of Thursday afternoon trying to recover from the shock and simultaneously trying to buy more equipment to keep their small business running.
Nola said: "Out of everything that happened, our main concern now is that the woman injured in the crash is okay - after seeing the wreckage, nobody would think you could walk away from that."
She said the pair also wanted to thank the police, ambulance and fire services, friends and family for all their help and understanding.
Nola said: "I just worry about the woman, because now, every time she sees a van with that sign writing she's going to think of that horrific crash.
"I understand it's not our fault, but I understand if she did think that - I just hope she's okay."