Griev­ing fam­ily left to pick up the pieces

Great Southern Herald - - News - Emily Baker

A fam­ily who will spend the rest of their lives with­out their only son and brother be­cause of a tragic quad bike ac­ci­dent have urged oth­ers to hold your chil­dren tight be­cause life is pre­cious and frag­ile.

Alexan­der Bax­ter, 17, was killed in a quad bike ac­ci­dent on the fam­ily farm in the Great South­ern last week. He was not wear­ing a hel­met.

“Just be care­ful be­cause your mums and dads love you and so do your sis­ters and so do your brothers and so do your cousins; life is pre­cious and frag­ile and you need to take care of your­self,” his mother Liesl Bax­ter said.

Alexan­der was found life­less by his father, who says his son was not wear­ing a hel­met.

“He’s just go­ing to be ter­ri­bly missed . . . his tal­ent and his laugh,” Robert Bax­ter said.

To them Alex was known as Zoom — he was quick on the footy field and wanted to be an elec­tri­cian. Now his fam­ily is plan­ning his fu­neral.

Ac­cord­ing to St John Am­bu­lance, Christ­mas time is the worst for quad bike ac­ci­dents — last year 30 peo­ple were in­jured over the hol­i­day pe­riod. Most were aged 17 or younger.

The Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion is re­view­ing the safety of quad bikes, in­clud­ing whether they should have a roll cage.

Pic­ture: Seven News

The heart­bro­ken Bax­ter fam­ily.

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