Teen killed on the way to feed horse

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Tal­isa Eley

THE fam­ily of a teen killed af­ter she was struck by a maxi taxi have told of their heart­break, as they con­tinue to rally around her step­fa­ther who has can­cer.

Danielle But­ter­field, who died last Mon­day af­ter­noon af­ter she was hit by a taxi at Mount Tarampa on her way to feed her horse, has been re­mem­bered as a “shin­ing star”.

Her grief-stricken fam­ily told The Courier-mail the beloved 14-year-old had died “go­ing to do what she loved” — car­ing for her 12-month-old colt Frankie, who she was train­ing in the hope of try­ing out for the polocrosse na­tion­als in 2020.

It is just a kilo­me­tre ride be­tween the But­ter­field fam­ily home and the horse pad­dock Danielle vis­ited daily. She was struck by a pass­ing maxi taxi just mo­ments from the farm gate.

“She was nearly there,” her mother Belinda But­ter­field said.

The driver of the taxi, a 56-year-old Race­view man, is co-op­er­at­ing with po­lice.

The foren­sic crash unit is still in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Ms But­ter­field said she, Danielle’s step­fa­ther Chris Gib­bons and Danielle’s three older si­b­lings are at a loss to un­der­stand how their “fear­less” girl could be gone.

“It’s hard to get your head around,” she said.

“One minute she was home from her first day back at school, happy, jok­ing. She said ‘I’ll see you in 10’ and jumped on her push­bike and that was the end, nei­ther of us got to ask her how her first day back af­ter school hol­i­days was.”

Res­i­dents have left flow­ers and cards at “her spot” to re­mem­ber the well-known, and much loved teen who would wave to every­one with a big cheeky smile as she went to visit her horses.

The tragedy comes as the fam­ily strug­gles to deal with Mr Gib­bons’ fight against lym­phoma can­cer. Doc­tors have given him a 20 per cent sur­vival chance.

“She was my strength to help me through look­ing af­ter Chris,” Ms But­ter­field said.

Po­lice con­firmed on Wed­nes­day Danielle had suc­cumbed to her crit­i­cal head in­juries in Lady Ci­lento Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

A Go­fund Me page has been set up to help Danielle’s fam­ily.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HAP­PIER TIMES: Danielle But­ter­field with her par­ents.

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