‘ An­gel in life’ now in heaven

AF­TER­MATH TO HOR­ROR DAY ON NORTH’S ROADS

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY rachel. ri­ley@ news. com. au

A SMALL town in Vic­to­ria has been shat­tered by the death of a teenage girl killed in a hor­ror crash while on hol­i­days with her fam­ily in North Queens­land.

Ge­or­gia Ed­sall- French, 15, of Heath­cote, north of Mel­bourne, was killed when the car she was trav­el­ling in with her mother and two of her sis­ters col­lided head- on with a ute on the Bruce High­way, 10km south of Bowen.

The ute rolled off the high­way and landed on its roof af­ter im­pact but the driver, a 22- year- old Kelso man, was un­in­jured.

A po­lice spokesman said no charges had been laid over the crash but in­ves­ti­ga­tions were con­tin­u­ing.

“A fa­tal is the worst pos­si­ble out­come,” the spokesman said.

“But un­less it is an ob­vi­ous cause like drink driv­ing, foren­sic crash ( unit) will take their time lay­ing any charges.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be done slowly and me­thod­i­cally and they will cross ev­ery lit­tle ‘ t’ and dot ev­ery ‘ i’ … and that could take months.”

The crash, just be­fore noon on Fri­day, was the first of two fa­tals on the no­to­ri­ous stretch of road be­tween Townsville and Mackay.

The Heath­cote Net­ball Club, of which Ge­or­gia was a mem­ber, and the lo­cal football club held emo­tional minute’s si­lence be­fore each match on Satur­day as a show of re­spect to the Ed­sall-French fam­ily.

An Aus­tralian flag was also flown at half mast.

So­cial media has been flooded with hun­dreds of tributes de­scrib­ing Ge­or­gia as an an­gel.

Danielle Clay­ton posted: “G you were an an­gel in life now your jour­ney con­tin­ues in heaven. No words can de­scribe how you have touched our lives and how this tragedy has shat­tered many. Rest peace­fully beau­ti­ful girl.”

The own­ers of a lo­cal car­pet clean­ing busi­ness posted: “To lose such a bright, friendly, cheer­ful, cour­te­ous young lady from such a de­voted and lov­ing fam­ily just rips you to pieces. There are no words.”

Ge­or­gia’s eight- year- old sis­ter suf­fered frac­tured legs in the crash and re­mained in a sta­ble con­di­tion last night.

TRAGIC LOSS: Ge­or­gia Ed­sall- French, who was killed on Fri­day in a crash near Bowen, and ( right) the Bul­letin’s Satur­day front page on the two tragic ac­ci­dents.

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