Hor­ror crash puts an end to the ‘fairy­tale’

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Matt Young

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.

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