Re­mem­ber­ing Casey

Tributes flow for teen killed in crash

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Sharon Small­wood and Lucy Smith

CASEY Stin­son’s fam­ily want the 19year-old to be re­mem­bered not for the way he died in a hor­rific bus crash on Tues­day, but for the bub­bly teen he was.

“We just want to say he was well loved and he was happy and we want the com­mu­nity to re­mem­ber him the way he was,” his older sis­ter Shae Stin­son said.

The Proser­pine teen was one of 13 peo­ple on board a Whit­sun­day Tran­sit bus that left the road and over­turned on Shute Har­bour Road about 1pm on Tues­day.

Casey was in­jured along with nine pas­sen­gers and the 70-year-old bus driver in the crash.

Queens­land Health con­firmed Casey suf­fered “crit­i­cal head in­juries” as a re­sult of the sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash and died late Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Shae de­scribed him as hav­ing the “big­gest heart”.

“He was just a jokester, but so lov­ing to his mum and his brother,” she said.

“He was a lit­tle bit rough when he was younger but he was just start­ing to get his life to­gether and he was go­ing to TAFE.

“That’s what he was do­ing – he was on his way home from TAFE when the bus crashed.”

Friends and fam­ily have paid trib­ute to Casey on a Face­book page cre­ated in his mem­ory.

Serena Stin­son, a fam­ily mem­ber, said: “Thank you to the per­son who has made this page and the slideshow”.

“Our fam­ily is griev­ing more than any­one can imag­ine but it’s amaz­ing to know that he was so loved by oth­ers,” her post said.

Chris­tine Blade said: “RIP Casey, you will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to your fam­ily in this dif­fi­cult time. May you rest easy know­ing you will never be for­got­ten xxx”

“RIP CASEY. you’ll never be for­got­ten,” Tanya Dono­van said.

“What I knew of you, you knew how to make any­one smile. May you fly high with the an­gels.”

Ben Ger­hard said: “RIP brother. It’s crazy I was only talk­ing to you 20 min­utes be­fore you hopped in that god­damn bus …”

Shae said she and the rest of Casey’s im­me­di­ate fam­ily, in­clud­ing mum Nikki, dad David and twin brother Cody, were com­forted by the mes­sages of sup­port.

“As you can see from the Face­book page, he had a lot of friends here in town and the com­mu­nity is ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated,” she said.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing a six­month-old boy was dis­charged from hos­pi­tal and nine re­mained in hos­pi­tal.

Eight were in a sta­ble condi- tion while one, a 17-year-old boy, was in Townsville Hos­pi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

A 25-year-old woman who was also trans­ported to Townsville was in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

A spokesper­son for the fam­ily of 17-year-old Matt Ed­wards, who is still fight­ing for his life, said they wanted to pass on their con­do­lences to all the other fam­i­lies in­volved in the tragedy.

Mean­while, Shae said her fam­ily was try­ing to raise money for Casey’s fu­neral and had started a fundrais­ing site.

“We just want to give him a re­ally nice burial as any­one de­serves,” she said.

To do­nate visit “Re­mem­ber­ing Casey Stin­son” on­line at­p69pws.

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