Craig Deakin at Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.
Craig Deakin at Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

Teen killed in horrific car crash

THE world was just starting to open up with opportunities for Moore Park Beach teenager Craig Deakin, when he was killed in a crash on Saturday.

The 18-year-old died from his injuries, after the car he was travelling in slammed into a fence on Sylvan Drive — about a kilometre from his family home — about midnight on Saturday morning.

His mother Margaret Deakin said her son was a cheeky practical joker who was always smiling, especially when he was surrounded by his family and many friends.

“Craig was really determined and he was starting to get his life together,” Mrs Deakin said.

“He had been working with his father (Owen Deakin) and he was about to go to the Gold Coast to train and become an Austar technician.”

She said Craig was good mates with his older brother Daniel, 20, and he was looked up to by his younger siblings Monisha 13, and Jacob, 9.

“He had a bit of the devil in him — he was a stirrer, but he was a good role model for his little brother,” Mrs Deakin said.

“He was really good with the kids, he had a great time last week playing footy with Jacob.”

She said her son loved playing tricks on his family, like recently when he waited until his brother was in the shower then telephoned him asking for a glass of water.

“He thought it was hilarious,” Mrs Deakin recalled.

“He saw the funny side of everything.”

The former North Bundaberg State High School student enjoyed kicking a football around and going camping with his parents, brothers and sister.

He had also found true friendship with his wide circle of friends.

“He had really close mates — they were very tight knit,” Mrs Deakin said.

“He was a beautiful, happy boy who was very loving.”

The Moore Park Beach community has rallied around the Deakin family, since news of the crash broke on Saturday morning.

Mr Deakin was in the back seat of his mate's car when the 20-year-old driver lost control and hit a parked car on Sylvan drive.

The impact sent the vehicle sliding into a fence, and a fence paling impaled Mr Deakin causing fatal injuries.

Despite the efforts of emergency services workers, he died at the scene shortly after the crash.

The 20-year-old male driver and the front passenger, also male, were both uninjured.

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