Family and friends are mourning the sudden death of a Queensland woman who crashed into a parked truck overnight after turning a corner and losing control of her car.
The 23-year-old, identified by media as Brooke Dalton, was driving through the rural town of Dalby at around 1:30am when police believe she "lost control after a sharp turn".
Ms Dalton's car — a silver Holden Commodore sedan — "collided with the rear of a parked prime mover". She died at the scene, Queensland Police said.
Meanwhile, the 27-year-old male passenger, who's been identified as David Connolly, was transported to Toowoomba Hospital in a critical condition. It's believed the pair were in a relationship.
Grieving community speaks out
The tragic accident has left the Dalby community heartbroken with close friend Dana Eschbank describing Ms Dalton as "sweet" and "funny".
"We’ve had some very good times, she’s always been there when I needed a friend to go do girly things with," she told the Courier Mail, describing her as a "sister".
"Horrible news... You were a good-hearted soul Brooke... you’ll be missed," someone else said.
Others called her "beautiful", admitting they'd miss her smile.
Mum's heartbreak: 'Shattered'
Ms Dalton's mother Ann-Maree shared her heartbreak on Facebook.
"Today we lost our only daughter….a knock on the door at 5am changed our lives forever. Forever young and beautiful always missed and loved … Our hearts are shattered," she wrote
The post garnered dozens of heartfelt comments from family and friends also shaken by the loss.
"There are no words for your loss, thinking of you all," one said.
"Absolutely tragic, condolences to you," said another.
The distraught mother said her daughter's passing "has left a gaping hole in our hearts".
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the Holden Commodore in the area at the time, or who may have relevant dash cam footage to contact them.
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