Horror crash puts an end to the ‘fairytale’
IT WAS a chance meeting on a beach on the Whitsunday islands that led James Thorp and Taylor Nieri to spend their first night together, beneath a tree under a full moon on a tropical island.
Friends described their meeting as a fairytale beginning, their relationship regarded “as a dream come true”.
They wanted to return to Australia and set up a sea kayaking expedition business in the Whitsundays where it all began.
But just one year later, on Sunday, July 16, the pair would spend their last moments together in frightening circumstances.
James is facing a devastating recovery after a horror car crash in the United States killed Taylor and flung him from their car.
Just days before her death, Taylor made a chilling prediction of the future, telling a friend “forever is easy with him” and she “wouldn’t want it any other way”.
Thorpie and Taylor were in Oregon last Sunday when the accident occurred.
According to police, the pair were driving back to Ashland, a city in Jackson County, when one of the tyres on their 2002 Chevy van popped, sending the vehicle into a deathly spin, running it off the road and rolling multiple times before landing on its top.
The couple were married in April and were working as whitewater rafting guides.
They returned to Tasmania before moving to Oregon.
CLOSE BOND: James Thorp was seriously injured and his wife Taylor killed in a car crash in the United States last week.