Woman's tragic last voicemail before fatal crash 'involving Payne Hass's mum'

A Queensland mum’s last words to her only surviving daughter have been shared following a horrific car crash that left three of their family dead.

Susan Zimmer, 70, was killed in Friday’s tragedy on the Gold Coast Hinterland alongside her GP husband Christpher Fawcett, 79, and daughter Stephanie Zimmer, 35.

All three lost their lives after their car was struck at about 5pm by another vehicle in Bonogin, allegedly driven by Uiatu Taufua, who is the mother of Brisbane Broncos star Payne Haas. Ms Taufua, who was the sole survivor of the crash, was charged on Monday afternoon with three counts of manslaughter.

The force of the crash, police say, pushed their Mercedes hatch into a power pole before toppling it. Despite the best efforts of passing motorists, paramedics and police, the three occupants of the car passed away at the scene.

Stephanie Zimmer with Susan Zimmer (left) and Christopher Fawcett (right).
Claudine Snow says her life has been 'destroyed' with the deaths of her mother Susan Zimmer, father Christopher Fawcett, and sister Stephanie Zimmer. Source: Facebook/Nine News

Haunting premonition uncovered

Ms Zimmer is survived by one remaining daughter, Claudine Snow, who says her life was “destroyed” with a single phone call from Queensland Police saying “they’re all gone.”

“I will never get over this... I don’t know if I can ever be happy again,” she told The Courier Mail after laying flowers at the Bonogin Road crash site on New Year’s Day, where three white crosses had already been erected.

Ms Zimmer’s daughter has since revealed that her mother was hesitant before getting in the car on Friday night.

The crash scene on Bonogin Road in Bonogin on the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Despite the best efforts of passing motorists, police and paramedics, the three family members died at the scene in Bonogin in Queensland on Friday. Source: Nine News

“The last thing [mum] said to me in a voicemail was she was worried about driving at this time of the year,” Ms Snow said. “I wish she had have just listened to her gut feeling, and didn’t go out.”

“I want people to know, when you get behind the wheel, you have other people’s lives in your hands.”

Driver’s ‘dangerous’ behaviour before triple fatality

Ms Taufua had allegedly been driving with a suspended licence when police spotted her “driving dangerously" on Friday, The Courier Mail reported.

“Police activated their vehicle’s warning lights and attempted to intercept the vehicle, however it allegedly fled the scene,” Queensland Police said in a statement to media. "At no time was any pursuit undertaken. Shortly after, police were flagged down by a passing motorist who alerted them to a collision involving the vehicle [a black Mercedes wagon] and a silver 2019 Mercedes A200 hatch around a kilometre from the attempted intercept.”

Ulatu Taufua.
Ulatu Taufua was allegedly behind the wheel of the other vehicle involved in the crash and reportedly had been driving without a licence. Source: Nine News

Officers worked to free Ms Taufua from her vehicle, which had caught fire, before she was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with an arm injury. The 46-year-old remains there under police guard and on Monday afternoon was formally charged with three counts of manslaughter and one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, evading police and drive without a driver's licence.

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