FAMILY friends have launched an appeal for support following an horrific crash that took the life of a Miles mother and left her children fighting for their lives.
Sandy and Dave Meehan and three of their children were visiting family in Childers, near Bundaberg, when their car collided head-on with a utility on Friday night.
The details of the crash remain hazy, but close friend Scott Pogan said they were "just in the wrong place at the wrong time".
What was supposed to be a time of celebration ended in tragedy.
Mrs Meehan died at the scene, while her husband suffered cuts to his forearm, bruised ribs and chest and ligament damage to his right ankle.
Those wounds will heal, but the emotional scars will be with him forever.
Infant daughter Schayler was the only passenger to escape serious injury, miraculously suffering only minor bruising.
Mr Meehan has been at his children's bedsides in hospital at Brisbane since he was released from the care of doctors.
Both Dylan, 13, and Sharon, 15, face months of surgery and rehabilitation before they can lead normal lives again.
"Sharon has internal abdominal and arm injuries and spinal damage, but is responsive to friends and families," Mr Pogan said.
Dylan remains heavily sedated and has already undergone the first round of many surgeries.
"He has spinal, abdominal and head injuries and his elbow has been shattered," Mr Pogan said.
Eldest daughter Skye was not in the car when the crash occurred.
Dylan's godmother has arranged a benefit fund with medical expenses.
"The Miles community is also looking at doing a family benefit day in mid-to-late-January as a further fundraiser and tribute for the Meehans," Mr Pogan said.
"We're hopeful that David and the kids will be able to attend."
To contribute to Meehan family fund, please make donations to:
ACC: 150 365 136
NAME: Skinner (on behalf of The Meehan Family)
A meeting will be held at the Miles Leichhardt Centre tomorrow at 6pm to arrange the benefit day.
All are welcome to attend.
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