One of the three tragic victims who died in the horrific car crash in Queensland overnight has been identified as a doting mother of two.
Gypsy Satterley, 25, was killed in a suspected domestic violence murder when the van she was in was struck in the path of another vehicle on Bruce Highway in Federal near Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.
Rafferty Rolfe, 25, who was allegedly in a stolen car that struck her vehicle, is the sole survivor of the three-car collision, which happened around 4 a.m. Friday.
According to police, the stolen Isuzu MU-X was allegedly chasing a northbound Nissan Navara carrying Rolfe’s girlfriend as a passenger.
The stolen Isuzu is believed to have then rammed the Navara in the path of the third vehicle traveling south, a made-in-China Great Wall.
Ms Satterley, who is believed to have two daughters aged between 6 and 8, and the 65-year-old man driving the Navara were killed in the crash, along with 38-year-old Jessica Townley in the Great Wall vehicle.
Police said the couple at the Navara did not know each other before last night.
Gypsy Satterley, 25, (pictured) was killed in a suspected domestic violence murder when the van she was in crashed into the path of another vehicle on Bruce Highway in Federal near Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.
Rafferty Rolfe, 25, who was allegedly in a stolen car that struck his vehicle, is the sole survivor of the three-car collision, which happened around 4 a.m. Friday.
Three vehicles were involved in the terror crash in Federal, on the Bruce Highway. Homicide investigators are investigating the crash.
Investigations are underway to determine if he was a good Samaritan helping her after she got out of the Isuzu.
Ms Satterley’s death is now being treated as a domestic violence murder.
Rolfe was allegedly known to Queensland police and was taken to hospital with serious head injuries, where he remains under police watch.
Detective Superintendent Ben Fadian told reporters: ‘The white Isuzu was trying to ram the Nissan Navara motor vehicle.
‘As a result, that vehicle [Nissan] crossed onto the southbound lanes of the Bruce Expressway.
In a final haunting Facebook post just four days ago, Ms Satterley posted a ‘Keep Going’ poem about pushing in the face of cruel adversity.
It includes the lines: ‘No matter how bad things are right now, no matter how many days you’ve spent crying, no matter how hopeless and depressed you feel…
I promise you won’t feel like this forever. Keep going.’
In a previous post in late June, he reposted another message, with the caption: “Rahhh raahhh, you’re a dead man.”
The post added: ‘At some point we didn’t really let go. We’re not really moving forward. We just learn to live with the loss. We learn to smile when we are sad…
“We move on and hope for the best.”
Gypsy Townley (pictured) is believed to be the mother of two girls aged around 8 and 6.
In a final haunting Facebook post just four days ago (pictured), Ms Satterley posted a poem “Keep Going On” about pushing in the face of cruel adversity.
The accident occurred in Federal west of Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, as this map shows.
Shocked friends paid tribute to the young mother after news of the tragedy spread.
“He was supposed to be at my house last night but I missed his call and he never showed up,” one told the outlet. Mail. This time there was no tomorrow.
‘His brothers and sisters are devastated along with his mother and father, we are all very shocked.
‘She is a beautiful person who deserved more than what life gave her. She never deserved this at all.
The white Isuzu MU-X vehicle had been stolen 12 hours before the highway crash in a violent daylight carjacking on the main street of Gympie on Thursday, police said.
A vehicle alert was issued after a man armed with a knife threatened a mother and her three children as the family got into their car.
The terrified mother, Bec Alexander, pulled her children from the vehicle before handing it over to the thief. She and her children were unharmed.
“My car was stolen with three kids in the car,” Alexander said in a Facebook post. ‘They pulled out a knife for me and the kids to get out, but they stole my car!’
Later, the police saw the stolen car, but the driver refused to stop and escaped. The car was not being followed at the time of the incident.
The owner of the stolen white Isuzu, Bec Alexander (pictured), posted on Facebook at 6:35 p.m. Thursday that she had been held up at knifepoint: “My car was stolen with three kids in the car.”
Police have confirmed that one of the vehicles (pictured) involved in the accident was allegedly stolen from Gympie at around 4:30pm on Thursday.
“The tragedy is that there are now three people dead and the ripple effect it has on their families,” Detective Superintendent Fadian said.
Queensland Ambulance Service Sunshine Coast Acting Director Nigel Jones said it was a challenging event for all emergency services.
“Obviously, the scene was quite contentious given the mechanism of the forces involved: it was clearly a very high-speed incident involving those vehicles,” Jones said.
“So much so that our paramedics report that the two patients died on impact and a third patient sadly passed away shortly thereafter.”
The southbound lanes of Bruce Highway are expected to be closed for an extended period and detours have been implemented.
Detective Superintendent Fadian described it as a complex investigation and asked anyone who saw the stolen Isuzu to contact police.
“We also appeal to anyone who was driving on the Bruce Highway between Federal and Noosa this morning between 3 am and 4 am and may have seen that vehicle to contact Crimestoppers,” Superintendent Fadian said.
The crash forensics unit is investigating and no charges have been filed.
The wreckage of a Nissan Navara ute involved in the crash collapsed against a barrier
BRISBANE HORROR ACCIDENT TIMELINE
* 4:30 pm: A man armed with a knife abducts a mother and her children on the main street of Gympie
* 5:30 pm: Police attempt to intercept a vehicle following reports of erratic driving on the Bruce Highway at Curra, north of Gympie. The driver fled the vehicle
* Police refuse to start pursuit
* 21:30: Alert issued for a white Isuzu MU-X with Queensland registration BEC263
* 4 am: Reports of a stolen vehicle attempting to ram a Nissan Navara driven by a 65-year-old man with a 25-year-old female passenger, northbound along Bruce Highway near Federal, south of Gympie
* Nissan crosses into southbound lanes and collides head-on with an oncoming vehicle driven by a 38-year-old woman
* Three people were pronounced dead at the scene.
* The driver of the stolen car, a 25-year-old man from Yandina, is hospitalized with serious head injuries
* The road remains closed and traffic diversions in place.