Sur­vivors haunted by the event

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

PETER Nixon, fi­ancé Sheena Hodge, Joe Sim­mons and Sam McGel­ligot were on their way to a so­cial gath­er­ing in Bund­aberg when ev­ery­thing changed.

“It hit the truck and spun to­wards us,” Mr Nixon said.

“The car would’ve done three or four rev­o­lu­tions be­fore it hit us.

“It just hap­pened so quickly.”

Satur­day night’s three-ve­hi­cle crash near McKen­zie’s cor­ner on Good­wood Rd, North Gre­gory, claimed the life of mother-of-five Amanda Roberts, who was killed when her 2005 Mit­subishi 380 sedan col­lided with a Mercedes Benz util­ity at 6.45pm.

The rear of Ms Roberts’ car then col­lided with the front right sec­tion of Mr Nixon’s Subaru Im­preza, which was be­ing driven by 21-year-old Miss Hodge.

“We were so lucky; we could’ve lost a few more lives if it weren’t for how sturdy they make cars th­ese days,” Mr Nixon said.

“Sheena’s old car was a ‘99 Ba­rina so I’m glad we had my car. Who knows how bad it could’ve been.

“We’re pretty lucky it hit the truck first as well.”

The days since have been a men­tal strug­gle for the four, who have silently grap­pled with re­cur­ring nightmares and vi­sions of the crash.

Mr Nixon didn’t want he and his friends’ ex­pe­ri­ence to over­shadow Ms Roberts’ death, but he opened up about the psy­cho­log­i­cal scars that have sur­faced in the time since.

“We’ve been hav­ing a hard time,” Mr Nixon said.

“It’s men­tally drain­ing to know some­one lost their life in that crash.

“It plays on your mind and is al­ways in your head.

“It’s been hard on us but it’s so much harder for her fam­ily.

“See­ing how grief-stricken her kids and fam­ily are play on your mind.

“You try to dis­tract your­self but you re­alise th­ese kids have to live their whole life with­out their mother.

“We haven’t spo­ken to coun­sel­lors but have talked with each other as much as we can.

“I’m sure the truck driver is in a bad way too.”

The quar­tet were taken to Bund­aberg Base Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment after the crash.

Miss Hodge and Mr Sim­mons, 19, were on the driver’s side of the car and un­der­went ul­tra­sounds to check for in­ter­nal in­juries while Mr Nixon and Mr McGel­ligot, 22, had blood tests in ad­di­tion to their check-up.

All four es­caped with only mi­nor in­juries such as whiplash, but the mem­ory of the night could haunt them for­ever.


FA­TAL: What re­mains of Peter Nixon’s Subaru Im­preza after Satur­day night’s three-ve­hi­cle crash at Good­wood Rd, North Gre­gory, that claimed the life of 36-year-old mother-of-five Amanda “Mandy” Roberts.

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