“The sad thing really is that this tragedy could have been avoided.”
Milk, bread and blueberries are what we often run out of on a daily basis. These are the things I usually duck out to the local shops to buy almost every day.
Actually, my two boys and I just came back from the shops, we bought our milk, bread and blueberries, picked up some fish and chips for lunch and now we are home. That is the part filled with so much heaviness at the moment. I am home, mother-of-two Andrea Lehane will never come home.
Last week on Wednesday afternoon Andrea was at Carrum Downs shopping centre, possibly buying the last minute things her family needed for dinner. As she walked to her car, the only thing she would have been expecting was to be home moments later.
Instead the worst of tragedies unfolded.
Allegedly a young man on a mini-motorbike overtook a car that was stationary on the zebra crossing in the shopping centre car park. In overtaking the car he struck Andrea as she stepped onto the crossing. CCTV captured the incident as it unfolded and captured the group of motorbike riders speeding off after the collision. Andrea suffered catastrophic injuries; injuries that claimed her life just two days.
I work in the same precinct that Andrea spent her last few days. On Friday it seemed everyone had their heads cast low and something solemn hung in the air as we tried to carry on with our normal work lives. But it was impossible to ignore the ache that was in the air. For within the same walls a family was being ripped apart. A husband facing the death of his wife, his soul mate, his lover and two tiny little children who will never grow up to know their mother.
As I read the news on my coffee break that Friday and read that Andrea’s husband would be bringing his three-year-old son and four-year-old daughter in to say their last goodbyes to their mother my heart almost broke in two for their pain.