23 April 2011

Goodna tragedy: Third victim is farewelled

THE youngest of three victims of a horrific car accident was farewelled in an emotional ceremony at Goodna yesterday.

Tamika Neumann is comforted at the funeral of her boyfriend Nicholas Saxby.

 THE youngest of three victims of a horrific car accident was farewelled in an emotional ceremony at Goodna.

Nick Saxby was only 16 when his life was tragically taken at the intersection of Layard St and Brisbane Rd on April 8.

A gathering of several hundred friends and family crammed into and around the chapel at the Heritage Park Crematorium, to celebrate the life of fun-loving, cheeky but loyal young man.

Nick's younger sister Darrian and older sister Casey-Leigh bravely read poetry and tribute versus for their lost brother, while girlfriend of the last three years Tamika Neumann also spoke of how much she would miss Nick.

"We first met at Bremer High in grade eight," she said after the service.

"My friends introduced him to me and I just really liked him straight away.

"I was lucky enough to get to know him as the caring, loving person he was – he looked after me so well while we were together.

"I just wish there was some way he could come back."

Among those to attend the funeral were former classmates from Nick's last school, Ipswich State High, where a memorial plaque will be placed later this year.

School captain Harley Moretto said Nick was a "great fella" who was well regarded by many students.

Another fellow student, Kymberleigh Dean, wiped away tears while recalling Nick's mischievous side.

"We used to get into paint fights at school," she said.

"He was a sweet, caring person – but there are really no words to describe exactly what he was like, he was just an amazing person."

Nick's family asked for privacy while releasing a bunch of balloons into the air following the service.

Police are still investigating the series of events leading up to the crash which killed Nick and his friends Matt Prior, 18, and Brittany Bramwell, 17.

Their car was hit from the side by a utility which was reported to have gone through a red light.

The driver of the vehicle containing the three teenagers, Alex Mayfield, survived the crash.

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