Grant Barker was killed when his ute rolled at Apple Tree Creek near Childers.
Grant Barker was killed when his ute rolled at Apple Tree Creek near Childers. Contributed

Crash kills local teen

GRANT Barker was excited about joining the Australian Army after passing the first round of testing.

But his dream was cut short when he was killed after his Holden Rodeo ute rolled on Gentle Annie Road, Apple Tree Creek, in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Breanna Barker said her little brother had spent the past few weeks preparing for his next round of testing with the Defence Force and had been looking forward to the change in career.

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“He was so excited and so happy,” she said.

But dreams of the army were just a small part of Grant’s life.

“He was into cars and music, the footy and chilling with his mates,” Miss Barker said.

“He loved his ute and his music.”

Family was an important part of Grant’s world and as the middle child, he spent plenty of time with his two sisters, Breanna and Kristy.

Miss Barker said he was one of the best brothers in the world.

“He actually rang my little sister, Kristy, up the other day just to tell her that he loved her,” she said.

“He was always up to do anything with you, like go to the movies or just hang out.

“At the end of the day he did what he could to spend time with us and show that he loved Mum and Dad.”

Former Isis Shire councillor Dianne Kerr said news of the crash had hit the town hard.

“Like any small community, we support each other and we’ve come together and everyone is down,” she said.

Mr Barker was the only person in the ute when it crashed.

The wreck was found about 7.45am yesterday but Bundaberg Police believe the crash may have occurred several hours earlier.

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