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09 April 2012

Goodna crash sequel: Teens remembered at vigil



Family and friends gather at a candlelight vigil at Queens Park
 on Friday night, held for three Ipswich teenagers who were
 killed in an alleged hit and run at Goodna 12 months ago.

A SOLEMN vigil has been held to remember the lives of three Ipswich teens killed in a car crash one year ago.

The heartfelt candlelight ceremony remembered the tragic deaths of Nick Saxby, 16, Brittany Bramwell, 17, and Matthew Prior, 18, who lost their lives when an alleged drink driver's car collided with their sedan in Goodna.

Sitting under trees, on the few benches and on the ground, more than 100 people paid their respects to the three at the Bush Chapel at Queens Park, before members of the group travelled to the corner of Brisbane Rd and Layard St in Goodna where the crash occurred on April 8 last year.

The ceremony held on Friday night was run by Peter Wiedemann, who knew the three through his role as a youth worker at Bremer State High School.

Mr Wiedemann said the year had been tough for many of their friends.

"A vigil like this, it helps people to grieve," he said.

"Many young people haven't had experience with tragedy, so something like this is a really good opportunity to let people come together and pay their respects as a community."

With many of those in attendance holding candles, one each was lit for Matthew, Nick and Brittany, before emotional family and friends spoke, remembering them.

Despite the imminent anniversary of the tragedy, attendees chose to remember happy times in the lives of Nick, Matthew and Brittany, rather than their deaths.

Speaking to the crowd, they described the three as good-natured, friendly, fun-loving, widely loved by the community and deeply missed.

Last year Brittany, Nick and Matthew were travelling back from a day at Dreamworld when their car was struck.

The event was organised by Kaliym Skellern, who had travelled back from Dreamworld in a separate car, along with members of the Young Life and Friday Night Club groups.

The accused driver of the car, Michael Daniel Henderson, 34, has been charged with drink driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident showing callous disregard.

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