Victim's family issues sad plea
AS the family of a teenager killed in a car crash last week prepares to lay him to rest today, they have made an impassioned plea with all drivers: “Slow down.”
Grant Barker, 18, died at the scene of the crash in Gentle Annie Road, Apple Tree Creek, after his Holden Rodeo ute hit trees on the side of the road.
Police believe the crash happened last Wednesday night, but his ute was not discovered until Thursday morning.
Grant's sister Breanna, 19, said she and her family did not want others to have to go through what they had in the past week.
“We've lost Grant and we're not going to get him back, but everyone must learn a lesson,” she said.
Family members from all over Australia have travelled to Childers to join Grant's father, Ken, mother, Julie, and sisters, Breanna and Kristy, to celebrate the 18-year-old's life in today's ceremony at Christ Church Anglican Church, Childers, from 10.30am.
The service will finish at the Bundaberg Crematorium at 12.30pm.
The Barkers are a well-known family in Childers, which has been devastated by the death of the teenager.
A minute's silence was held before the Isis Devils and Easts match at Salter Oval on Saturday night as a mark of respect to the former Childers junior and his family, who are major sponsors of the Devils club.
Miss Barker said as difficult as it had been to cope with her brother's death, her family wanted to pay tribute to the emergency service workers at the scene and the community that had rallied to support them.
“We'd all just like to thank the police, ambulance and fire brigade who went to the crash site for their sensitivity and help,” she said.
“And to all our wonderful family, friends and members of the community who have been there for us since we lost Grant. Everyone has been so marvellous.”