Grieving mum calls for control on roads


JUST days after losing her husband Brad and daughter Ebonnie in a horrific crash on Rosewood-Laidley Rd, Annette Smith is calling for drivers to pay more attention.

Mrs Smith said people "don't expect" to lose a husband and daughter at the same time, and it was a stark reminder of how life can change in an instant.

"I would just ask drivers to take care behind the wheel, they need to be alert and aware, it can all go wrong in an instant," Mrs Smith said.

Despite calls for a reduction in the speed limit, Mrs Smith said she does not think that will change the situation, and instead wants to see guard rails installed on the road.

"I had discussed it many times with Brad, but I do not think the speed limit needs to be lowered."

Describing her husband Brad, a former sawmill operator, as a "bloke's bloke", Mrs Smith said he was happy to "give anything a go".

"He loved making things with timber, he was forever building things, people would comment on how much they loved what he had made, he would just give it to them.

"He did anything, he just loved the outdoors."

Scene of the fatal crash on Rosewood-Laidley Rd.
Scene of the fatal crash on Rosewood-Laidley Rd.

Ebonnie was "part princess and part tomboy", Mrs Smith said.

"She was our tomboy princess, she didn't mind having a go at anything, but she also loved her hair and make up and high heels."

Mrs Smith said Ebonnie was just as likely to be under a car with Brad, helping him work on it, as she was getting dressed up.

"There was a bond between her and her father, they were inseparable, they were so much alike."

Mrs Smith said the shock of losing her husband and daughter so suddenly remained with her, as she struggled to deal with her loss.

"We were supposed to grow old together."


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