Statue on road claimed her life
A FREAK road crash has claimed the life of much-loved Lowood teenager Candice Mangan.
The 18-year-old was killed instantly when the Holden Commodore sedan in which she was a passenger hit a cast-iron cherub garden statue that was lying in the middle of the west-bound lanes of the Warrego Highway on Monday afternoon.
Family and friends of the “care-free individual” yesterday paid tribute to a “beautiful” girl who would “always make people laugh”.
Proud parents Michael and Sherry Mangan spoke of their daughter, the second youngest of four girls, as the “baby of the family” who “had a mind of her own”.
“You didn't really teach Candice anything; from day one, she did her own thing. We just always tried to steer her in the right direction,” Mrs Mangan said.
“She was really quirky but very caring. She was always looking out for other people but very independent at the same time.”
The close-knit family said Candice, better known as “bub”, would always give everything 100 per cent but would do “everything she wasn't supposed to do”.
“If you said to Candice, don't go on the swing, you're too small, she would be the one to test the limits and show us all she could do it,” Mrs Mangan said.
“As a baby she would scream for anyone that looked after her, but as she got older everyone loved her because she was always there for everyone.”
Hundreds of tributes for the popular teen poured in on social networking site Facebook.
One friend said: “You are a beautiful down-to-earth young lady...who will always be remembered for your gorgeous smile”.
Candice's caring and positive outlook on life was infectious, and school friend Rebecca Lehmann said she would always be remembered for her “beautiful nature”.
“She was just a beautiful person with a lovely personality and would do no harm by anyone,” Miss Lehmann said.
“She will be missed greatly.”
Police meanwhile are calling for witnesses to the crash, which occurred at 2.15pm on Monday at Haigslea, to come forward or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The driver of the Holden Commodore, Candice's 18-year-old boyfriend Brett Muller, has since been discharged from hospital.
Candice's sister Taryn Mangan said the pair were inseparable.
“They had the same personalities and loved to laugh,” she said.
Family and friends of Candice Mangan are invited to her funeral service at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Park Street, Lowood, on January 6 at 11.30am.