Hus­band loses life

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A YOUNG hus­band and pas­sen­ger of car that rolled in Kakadu has died more than a month af­ter suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous in­juries in the crash.

Clinton Wau­chope, 26, suf­fered head, chest, ab­domen and spinal in­juries in the crash on Oc­to­ber 8 and died on Mon­day.

A post by his fam­ily shortly af­ter the crash thanked emer­gency ser­vices and said Mr Wau­chope was placed in an in­duced coma.

The car he was trav­el­ling in rolled 12km from the Arn­hem Hwy.

He was trans­ported to a nearby quarry by Jabiru Clinic staff where the CareF­light Top End Res­cue He­li­copter had landed.

Mr Wau­chope was treated by an off-duty emer­gency depart­ment doc­tor from Vic­to­ria at the crash site.

The im­pact tore the roof from the car.

Heart­bro­ken fam­ily and friends left emo­tional trib­utes for Mr Wau­chope and sup­port for his wife Emma yes­ter­day.

The cou­ple were mar­ried only a few months prior to the crash.

Mor­gan Clifford said Mr Wau­chope was a good friend with an open heart.

“Good­bye Clinton Wau­chope may god take you into his em­brace. So young and trag­i­cally torn from his new wife and fam­ily, my thoughts are with them,” he said.

“I only knew you for a short two years mate, but you were open hearted and full of joy from the first hand­shake.”

Tessna Dwyer said Mr Wau­chope had a gen­tle heart.

“You have the most gen­tle heart of any­one I’d known which matched per­fectly with your beau­ti­ful wife. You were taken to soon but your mem­ory will live on,” she said.

“I’m thank­ful that one of my most re­cent mem­o­ries is of us all sit­ting around the con­crete ta­ble grand fi­nal night shar­ing laughs and drinks. I’ll miss those Fri­day night vis­its, the four of us talk­ing about any­thing. For­ever young.”

An NT Po­lice spokesman said the crash was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Young hus­band Clinton Wau­chope has lost his life af­ter a month-long bat­tle fol­low­ing a car ac­ci­dent near Kakadu (pic­tured in­set)

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