Man dies day be­fore his an­niver­sary

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THE close-knit Pittsworth com­mu­nity has ral­lied be­hind the young fam­ily of a man killed in a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash at the week­end.

The Dar­ling Downs town has raised thou­sands for Clint Briskey’s wife Jess and two young chil­dren, Sonny and Wil­low, af­ter his shock death on Sun­day.

Mr Briskey, 24, died at the scene of the crash on the Gore High­way near Brox­burn, with de­bris from his badly dam­aged blue ute alert­ing a passer-by to the hor­rific dis­cov­ery.

In a heart­break­ing twist, Mr Briskey died a day shy of his two-year wed­ding an­niver­sary with the woman de­scribed as his “soul mate”.

TRIB­UTES are pour­ing in for a young fa­ther and hus­band killed in a shock­ing sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash at the week­end.

Clint Briskey, 24, was thrown from his ute when it rolled sev­eral times off the Gore High­way at Brox­burn.

A pass­ing mo­torists spot­ted de­bris around the crash scene and alerted emer­gency ser­vices about 3am on Sun­day.

Mr Briskey died at the scene, leav­ing be­hind a wife he mar­ried two years ago, and two young chil­dren.

In a heart­break­ing twist, yes­ter­day would have marked Mr Briskey’s two-year wed­ding an­niver­sary with the woman de­scribed as his “soul mate”.

“He still had his whole life ahead of him,” fam­ily friend Kisita Dann wrote on an on­line fundraiser which has raised more than $3500 in 15 hours.

“He was such an amaz­ing and lov­ing fa­ther to his two beau­ti­ful chil­dren, Sonny, his 21-month-old son, and his seven-month-old daugh­ter Wil­low, and not to men­tion he has left his lov­ing wife, Jess.

“Jess is left with­out her soul mate and the light of her life that she mar­ried al­most two years ago - well a day short of two years.

“For any­one who knows Clint, you would know that his fam­ily al­ways came first.”

Coun­try Pa­trol Group In­spec­tor Danny Shaw said in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the crash were con­tin­u­ing, and urged mo­torists to be care­ful driv­ing on the roads.

“It’s al­ways very sad to lose any­one and par­tic­u­larly to lose some­one so young,” he said.

“At 24 years of age, you’re re­ally in the po­si­tion where you’re re­ally only get­ting go­ing.”

He urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.

“This is a mat­ter which is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tions and in­quiries are be­ing con­ducted,” Insp. Shaw said.

“There are some indi­ca­tions from ini­tial ex­am­i­na­tions from the scene that the seat­belt may not have been worn.

“You need to wear your seat­belt. Re­search in­di­cates you’re eight times more likely to die in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent if you’re not wear­ing a seat­belt.”

Mr Briskey’s death is the sec­ond on the re­gion’s roads this year af­ter Harold Lan­der, 82, was killed in a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash on New Year’s Day near Crows Nest.

Photo: 7 News Toowoomba

TRAGEDY: Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash in which Pittsworth man Clint Briskey, 24, died on the Gore High­way near Brox­burn on Sun­day morn­ing.

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