As the Easter weekend comes to a close, we learn the national road toll is a shocking 19 lives.
Nineteen families ruined.
Nineteen Australians who were working, laughing, relaxing with their families this time last week.
Nineteen men and women, mothers and father, aunts, uncles, grandparents and children.
Nineteen lives have been lost this weekend on our roads. Families have been torn apart; parents have been left broken.
As the Easter weekend drew to a close we learnt that the road toll was 19 over the past four days, 13 more than this time last year.
It was a national massacre. How the hell did we lose so many?
In NSW nine-year old William Kulk was travelling home from the Easter show with his 12-year old brother Daniel and his eight-year old sister Piper. The car was driven by their grandmother, and their 31-year old mother was seated in the passenger seat.
The family were returning home to their Central Coast town of Budgewoi – a drive of around an hour-and-a-half – when the car they were in ploughed into a ute which contained a 32-year old woman and her mother.
The driver’s grandmother told News Limited: “They were coming around a left bend when the car was sliding in front and there was nothing she could do but slam on the brakes. She had no time to turn the wheel.”
In South Australia there was one death – a two-year-old girl at Point Turton on Yorke Peninsula. Superintendent Bob Fauser said while it was only one death in the state, it was one death too many.
In Brisbane on Saturday afternoon a four-year old boy riding his scooter was struck by a car. He sustained head and chest injuries, and died at the scene.