Vigil proves timely reminder
A CANDLELIGHT vigil will be held tomorrow night to mark 12 months since the tragic deaths of three Ipswich teenagers, killed in an alleged drunken hit-and-run.
Nick Saxby, 16, Brittany Bramwell, 17, and Matthew Prior, 18, lost their lives when the sedan they were travelling in collided with another vehicle at Goodna on the night of April 8 last year.
Brittany's best friend, Kaliym Skellern, said the memorial event would be a good time for people to gather, hang out and be a part of it all.
"Everyone has fallen a bit distant over the past 12 months because of the accident," Mr Skellern said.
The event will be held at the Bush Chapel at Queens Park from 6.30pm and will proceed to the Goodna Park directly across from the accident site on the corner of Brisbane Rd and Layard St. The teens were on their way home from Dreamworld when another car allegedly ran a red light.
Mr Skellern had spent the day with his friends, but was travelling home in a car that took an alternate route.
He said he had been keeping in touch with the three victim's parents.
"Brittany's dad is a strong man - he's doing all right," he said yesterday.
The accused killer, Michael Daniel Henderson, 34, has been charged with drink driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident showing callous disregard. His case was committed to trial at Ipswich District Court yesterday.