‘Watched my own death’: Driver’s warning after smash
A young woman whose passion is cars is scared to drive after being trapped in her vehicle during a three-car smash on the Sunshine Coast.
Eileen Browning is still recovering from the Kawana Way crash on March 18.
The 25-year-old is urging drivers to be vigilant on the roads after the terrifying experience.
Ms Browning said she was stopped in traffic on Kawana Way, Mountain Creek, when she was rear-ended by another vehicle.
She said she was pushed into the opposite lane where an oncoming 4WD hit the front end of her car.
"I was hit so hard that my car slid straight into the right hand lane into oncoming traffic," Ms Browning said.
"I'd taken that impact and then opened my eyes and half a second later just saw the 4WD Landcruiser coming towards me.
"I felt like I'd watched my own death."
Ms Browning is still recovering from injuries to the right side of her body.
Before the incident Ms Browning was improving her Holden Maloo and preparing to enter car shows.
"I'm really struggling to even be in cars because I'm so scared now," she said.
"I was intending to build the engine this year so that it had enough horsepower to enter categories in the main Powercruise event of 2021.
"I was hoping to have my car fully built but now I'm not even sure when I'm going to be able to get behind the wheel."
Queensland Police confirmed a 23-year-old Buderim woman was issued with a traffic infringement notice for driving without due care and attention.
Ms Browning said the accident served as a reminder for drivers to be vigilant on the roads.
"What if I had a child in the back seat?" she said.
"When you pick up your phone or you're distracted you're putting other people's lives at risk.
"I've lost one of my cars and might not ever be able to show my other car again.
"That one second has changed my whole life, the message that I'd like people to know is to be vigilant when you drive."