Plea from family to be alert

IT was less than six months ago when Jon Bruggemann lost his beloved son Chris in a fatal accident in the Bundaberg CBD, and just three weeks ago when he thought he may also lose his daughter to the roads.

Mr Bruggemann said he was shocked by the latest road fatalities, but not surprised, recounting another close call on a trip only three weeks ago.

He said he was going to the Sunshine Coast with his 18-year-old daughter Natalie, who was driving, and between Childers and Howard they were tailgated by a big truck.

“He decided to overtake us, but before he even got past he realised there were cars in front of him, so he swung back into the lane and almost took the front of the car with him,” he said.

“It was horrifying because of what had happened with us about Christopher.”

Mr Bruggemann said he feels for the families of other victims, but the carnage would not stop unless people thought about their actions on the roads.

“The worse part is we have to drive and expect the worst to happen — you have to be prepared for someone else to make a mistake,” he said.

“That’s how you have to drive in this day and age.”

Mr Bruggemann said his family feels the pain of their loss every day, and drivers must think how their actions could impact on others.

“We’re still grieving terribly — I would not wish that on anyone,” he said.

“Drivers should remember, you’re putting other people’s lives at risk.”

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