A mother is fighting for life in hospital after a crash that killed her two young children and injured their cousin south of Ipswich in Queensland.
Six-year-old Daniel and four-year-old Mia were new to Peak Crossing, but already adored by so many like Bayden Spencer, 10, who laid flowers for a friend he was only just getting to know.
“He was really smart and he was happy, he was funny,” he said of his friend Daniel.
Around 2.30pm Monday, Mia and Daniel’s mum Shalyn collected the pair and their cousin Judith from school, but they never made it home.
Somehow Shalyne lost control on Middle Road. The car slid into a tree, hitting it with so much force the vehicle split in two.
Mia and Daniel were killed instantly, while Shalyne was critically injured. In the front passenger seat eight-year-old Judith remained conscious through it all.
A mother is fighting for life in hospital after a crash that killed her two young children and injured their cousin at Peak Crossing, south of Ipswich. Source: 7 News”I wouldn’t wish it upon anybody to come across something like that,” witness Renee Eaton told 7 News.
“I moved [Judith] away from it all and tried to distract her. All she was worried about was her aunty and her cousins which is understandable.”
It’s thought Shalyne was unlicensed and sped off when she saw a police vehicle. That officer discovered the crash just moments later.
It is understood licence plate recognition technology notified officers the vehicle was registered to an unlicensed driver.
They did a U-turn and planned to intercept the car but lights and sirens weren’t activated.
The ethical standards command will investigate, alongside the Forensic Crash Unit.
Shalyne remains fighting for her life as the shattered Peak Crossing community tries to make sense of a tragedy.
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