Boy orphaned after crash
A 12-YEAR-OLD boy has been left an orphan after his father died in a fatal car crash near Gayndah last Wednesday.
Toowoomba schoolboy Douglas Tschumy was due to be released from a Brisbane hospital today after he survived the crash, which happened 10km south of Gayndah.
Long-serving Toowoomba Regional Council worker Lester Tschumy, 53, died when his car and a truck collided on the Burnett Hwy.
Mr Tschumy's sister-in-law, Marilyn Greer, said his death came only a year after his wife, and Douglas' mother, Adleen, died of breast cancer.
"Douglas is still in shock," Mrs Greer said.
"The family is dealing with it as best as they can."
Mrs Greer said Douglas learned of his father's death the day after the crash.
His aunts, uncles and cousins gathered by his hospital bed to give him the grim news.
"All the family will be involved as much as possible to support him," Mrs Greer said.
She said Douglas would live with an aunt and uncle at Southbrook.
Mr Tschumy was on his way back to Toowoomba after visiting relatives in the Central Highlands when the crash occurred.
His sister-in-law remembered him as a dedicated member of the Parents and Citizens' committee at his son's school, Harristown State School.
"He was always involved in fundraising," she said.
She said Mr Tschumy and his wife had been married for 30 years before she succumbed to her five-year battle with cancer.