Hero dad dies in wife's arms after truck crash
PALMWOODS woman Kara Holmes took some solace from being by her husband's side when he passed but she says the image of his mortal injuries will never leave her.
Dave Holmes, 36, died after the truck he was driving crashed down an embankment beside Kiel Mountain Rd about 6.15pm Tuesday.
Mrs Holmes yesterday recalled the horrific incident while paying tribute to her partner of the past 12-and-a-half years.
She was driving behind Mr Holmes after they went to pick up a light truck carrying a mini-excavator from a man who Mr Holmes was due to start work for yesterday.
"We were going around a corner, downhill," Mrs Holmes said.
"I heard a bang and saw a bit of shrapnel."
She rounded the corner expecting to see the truck but it was not in sight.
It had gone down a steep embankment and flipped around, so Mrs Holmes could see into the cab.
She could not see her husband.
He was face down on the ground, having been thrown from the cab.
Nearby residents came from their houses to help.
"I can't thank them enough," Mrs Holmes said.
Mr Holmes was still breathing when his wife reached him.
His condition deteriorated so a decision was made to do CPR but when they flipped him over, Mrs Holmes said it was apparent his injuries were too severe.
"I just wanted to try."
She was by his side when he passed.
"I did (appreciate being there) but I just wished I didn't see what I saw.
"It was like a horror story that I couldn't press pause or rewind."
Mrs Holmes said her husband had obtained his truck licence a month or so ago to avoid the need to drive to Brisbane every day for work.
She said her husband had mainly grown up on the Coast, having competed for Mooloolaba and Maroochydore surf life saving clubs and played rugby league for the Maroochydore Swans.
He was also involved in organising live music and ran gigs at Honky's Bar, a backyard set-up that featured rock-n-roll bands.
Mr Holmes in 2014 was awarded a Bravery Medal by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove for his efforts in saving a truck driver from a burning semi-trailer that had crashed on the Bruce Hwy at Sippy Downs in August 2011.
He had two daughters, Chloe, 17 and Kodi, 12.
Mrs Holmes said her husband loved all types of music but took a particular shining to rock-n-roll.
"He just found that the love of music was what brought us all together."