11 April 2011

Goodna Triple Fatality: Tears run for three lost lives

Nicholas Harm (left) and Adam Payne comfort Ashleigh Craven at Layard Street, Goodna.

THE Ipswich community is in shock after the lives of three teenagers were cut short in a horrific car crash at Goodna on Friday night.

Brittany Ann Bramwell, 17, of Raceview, Matt Prior, 18, of Redbank Plains and Nicholas Saxby, 16, of Brassall, were on their way home from Dreamworld on the Gold Coast when the Mitsubishi Lancer sedan they were travelling in was involved in a smash with a Toyota Hilux ute about 11pm.

Brittany and Matt died at the scene, at the intersection of Brisbane Road and Layard Street, and Nicholas died in the Princess Alexandra Hospital on Saturday.

Tributes have poured in on Facebook for the popular teenagers and friends have visited the crash site to leave flowers and poems.

Tears flowed at the scene yesterday as friends of the trio reflected on the young lives lost.

Raceview teenager Ashleigh Craven said she had known Brittany since primary school and she would be remembered as a "lovely person".

"She was so happy and bubbly," Ashleigh said.

"She got along with everyone and everyone got along with her.

"We have been through so much stuff together."

While being comforted by friends at the crash site, the 18-year-old said she was still coming to terms with the tragedy.

"When I found out I just couldn't believe it," she said.

"I just wanted to come down here to see it for myself."

Adam Payne, 19, said he had known Brittany since she was 11.

"She was just a really nice girl," he said.

"I just wanted to come down to pay my condolences to the family."

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said it was a tragedy for the families and the City of Ipswich.

"Our prayers are with the families who are going through this," Cr Pisasale said.

"To have their lives cut short so soon is tragic."

Cr Pisasale said seeing friends of the teenagers leaving flowers at the scene was devastating.

"My heart breaks every time we lose a young life, especially on the road," he said.

Friends of the teenagers are planning a memorial service for this week while tributes have poured in on Facebook sites.

One online message read: "Matty was a legend, great friend, someone who could always make you laugh. He had a way of doing things that set himself apart from everyone. He loved his cars, loved his friends and family and loved going into town. He could put a smile on anyone's face."

Brittany's boyfriend Alex Mayfield, 17, who was driving the group of friends on Friday night, miraculously escaped uninjured and was in a stable condition in the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The 35-year-old driver of the Toyota Hilux ute, who was taken to Ipswich Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, was allegedly fleeing a dispute in nearby Bertha Street before the crash.

Investigations are continuing and police appeal for witnesses to the crash or the alleged altercation in Bertha Street.

Anyone with information contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or

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