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Tears flow for mum of five killed in highway smash

Amanda Roberts pictured (right).
Amanda Roberts pictured (right).

"IS MUMMY going to come back to life?"

This is the tough question faced by father Chris Walden as he struggles to tell his son Cooper, 5, that his "mummy" is dead.

Cooper is one of five children left without a mother after Amanda "Mandy" Roberts, 36, died in a horror smash near Childers on Saturday night.

Mr Walden said Ms Roberts, who lived in Rubyanna, called him about 4pm on Saturday and told him she was coming to pick up Cooper from his house.

The pair shared custody of Cooper.

"She wanted to pick him up and I had him, and I said 'He's better off just staying with me', which I'm so glad I did," he said.

"I'm so glad that I kept him now.

"I said 'Just ring him up', so she did and she had a chat with him."

Less than three hours later, she was dead.

A Bundaberg police spokesman said initial investigations suggested a blue 2005 Mitsubishi 380 sedan, being driven by Ms Roberts south along Goodwood Rd north of Childers, crossed the road and collided with another vehicle travelling north about 6.45pm on Saturday.

The Mitsubishi then also collided with another north-bound vehicle. Ms Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not yet known where she was travelling.

The drivers of the two other vehicles received minor injuries and were transported to Bundaberg Hospital. The road was closed until 4am yesterday, with traffic detouring along the Isis Hwy.

An emotional Sue Tasker, Ms Roberts's aunt, yesterday told the NewsMail the family was struggling to come to terms with the news.

Brittany, 15, Callum, 14 Riley, 11, Maddy, 9 and Cooper are now without their mum.

Ms Tasker said Mandy adored her children.

"And her kids just love her," she said.

"She just used to hang with them, but any kid that walked into a room, they would just go to Mandy.

"It wouldn't even have to be her own - she was an attraction for the kids.

"Her and Brittany just loved selfies and we always used to give them rubbish about it because she would take selfies all the time."

Ms Tasker said Brittany and Mandy's mum, Brenda, and father, Ron, were, understandably, struggling to cope.

"They're not doing very well at the moment," she said.

Ms Tasker said she asked Brenda how she wanted her daughter to be remembered.

"She said 'She was just happy and she lit up the room when she walked in'," she said.

Mandy's sister Sarah, 16, agreed and said she would remember her sister by how funny, beautiful and kind-hearted she was.

"She had so many people that loved her," Sarah said.

"She was just crazy.

"I just remember all the fun things we used to do together.

"She was like a kid still.

"She acted younger than what I did.

"I was more mature than her, we used to say.

Ms Roberts also leaves behind five siblings, Peter, 32, Jason, 34, Dannielle, 26, Dana, 13, and Sarah.

Ms Tasker said Ms Roberts's four eldest children would now live with their grandparents, while Cooper will live his father.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the crash.

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