SAD LOSS: Trent McClenahan died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with another vehicle on Barolin Street on Saturday night. Photo: contributed
SAD LOSS: Trent McClenahan died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with another vehicle on Barolin Street on Saturday night. Photo: contributed contributed

Heart goes out to Trent’s family

ON SATURDAY night I was driving home from Childers when my heart sank.

I saw a motorbike. I saw smoke.

I knew immediately what that meant.

I knew someone was in trouble.

I phoned 000 as I looked for the rider.

This was not the first time I'd happened by such a heartbreaking scene while going for a drive and sadly I don't know if it will be the last.

I may not remember how many fatal crashes I've seen in my life, but when I drive past the stretches of road where they have been, I remember them like they happened yesterday.

Sometimes, as journalists, we can be branded heartless for covering crashes.

But the reason we do it is in the hope that people will drive safely, that someday we'll never have to hear of another family's heartbreak.

My thoughts are with this young man's friends and family, and all involved.

If you're heading out for a drive today, be safe, be careful, and remember, it only takes one moment to change everything.



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