Queensland’s assistant health minister Chris Davis has spoken about losing his step daughter weeks ago to raise awareness for Fatality Free Friday.
When police knocked on the front door of Queensland’s assistant health minister Chris Davis, he knew his step daughter was in peril or dead.
The 18-year-old was supposed to have arrived in Armidale five hours earlier, but hadn’t.
“We knew something wasn’t right,” Dr Davis said.
“And then to see the police on your veranda, that is one of the most stressful moments you’ll ever go through.”
Jessica, a second year medical student, was returning to university.
She’d thrown herself into developing her career and worked at a hospital in the Solomon Islands and an orphanage in India.
But on the way back to study, her Volkswagen Beetle left the road and crashed into a tree.
She died at the scene.
It was just three Sundays ago and the grief Dr Davis is going through is almost palpable.
He’s sharing his story to help other families.
Easter holidays are coming up and Fatality Free Friday will be held on May 30.
“Hopefully in her loss, we’ll help save many other youngsters and avoid the grief for other families,” he said.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey said many road deaths were avoidable and urged Queenslanders not to drink, text or fall asleep behind the wheel.
Texting while driving is one the biggest killers for teenage road deaths, he said.
Sending a text takes about 4.6 seconds.
That’s equivalent to driving the length of a football field with a blindfold on at 88km/h.
“One death on Queensland’s roads is one far too many,” he said.
Queensland’s road toll this year is 51, which is 24 bellow this time last year.