Hamilton Island golf buggy crash: Wedding photos emerge of couple just days before bride was killed
Beautiful wedding photos have emerged of a happy couple celebrating their love in front of family and friends just ten days before the bride was tragically killed on their honeymoon.
Marina and Robbie Morgan exchanged vows earlier this month in a lively ceremony at Doltone House in Sydney’s Hyde Park after getting engaged in June 2019.
Photos from the event posted online by friends show Mr Morgan excitedly preparing with friends, the couple walking down the aisle and then gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes at the reception as they shared their first dance.
But what should have been the most exciting time in their lives turned into tragedy when Ms Morgan’s life was cut short on Monday in a golf cart crash in Queensland.
Ms Morgan, 29, was sitting in the passenger seat as she traveled along Whitsunday Boulevard at approximately 4:30 p.m. when the buggy’s battery ran low, 9News reports.
Marina and Robbie Morgan are pictured in a convertible on their wedding day in Sydney earlier this month
Marina and Robbie Morgan were married ten days ago at Doltone House in Sydney, surrounded by loved ones
A photo posted online shows the newlyweds sharing their first dance as husband and wife earlier this month
Her new husband, 30, tried to make a U-turn to get back and charge it, but the vehicle flipped over.
Police say Ms Morgan, who is from Sydney’s west, was not wearing a seat belt at the time and fell on the road. She died on the spot, while Mr. Morgan escaped unharmed.
Tributes are pouring in online for Ms Morgan, who is remembered by loved ones as a “beautiful soul.”
“So sad Rest in peace beautiful lady,” a friend wrote on Facebook.
Another said: ‘May God rest your beautiful soul Marina’.
“So sad, I wish God saved her,” wrote a third person.
Diamond Wedding Group limousine service, which provided the couple with a car for their wedding day, said they were “deeply saddened and devastated” by the news.
Mr Morgan whispered to his bride as they celebrated their love in front of family and friends at Doltone House in Hyde Park
Mr Morgan excitedly poses with a friend ahead of his wedding to his three-year-old fiancée
“We would like to express our condolences to her family and friends.
“Robbie, we hope you are well and we are sorry for your loss.
“May she rest in peace.”
The couple both worked at the property, with Mr Morgan running a home renovation construction company while his wife ran a media company specializing in real estate marketing.
Mr Morgan opened Outright Property Solutions in early 2020 before his wife set up her complementary company, Outright Media Group, last December.
Employees of a Castle Hill real estate agent were among their many friends who shared photos of the couple’s special day online.
“A big congratulations to our dear friends Robbie & Marina from Outright Property Solutions & Outright Media Group,” read the message.
“Thanks for a wonderful day watching you two lovebirds finally tie the knot.”
Friends have flocked online to pay tribute to the new bride whose life was tragically cut short
A limousine service that provided a vehicle for the couple’s wedding offered their condolences to the new widower
After the crash, bystanders – including an off-duty firefighter, dentist and doctor – dragged Ms Morgan out of the buggy and attempted to resuscitate her for 35 minutes.
“(She) went into cardiac arrest and along with a number of first aiders on the island performed CPR for 35 minutes without success,” Graeme McIntyre of the Queensland Ambulance Service said at a news conference on Tuesday.
“When paramedics arrived, the patient had been pulled off the roadway and placed on the side of the road and… in the side position to clear her airway, which is absolutely fantastic for first responders to do.”
Queensland Police Inspector Anthony Cowan said: ‘It appears that driving that type of vehicle is inexperienced, it turned too fast and rolled on its side and unfortunately this is the result.’
“It’s just… tragically, perhaps due to inexperience in driving these types of vehicles while turning, the golf cart rolled on its side.”
According to the police, there was no alcohol involved and there were no indications of dangerous driving.
The 29-year-old woman was a passenger in the buggy as it headed south on Whitsunday Boulevard about 4:30pm on Monday (pictured, a buggy on the island)
The buggy is said to have made a U-turn at an intersection near Coral Sea Avenue on Queensland’s Whitsunday Island (photo, an aerial view of the holiday island)
Golf buggies are the main mode of transport on the holiday island and can be rented without training for a small fee. They are all fitted with seat belts.
A rescue helicopter in nearby Townsville was called to take the woman to hospital, but was abandoned due to the severity of her injuries.
Hamilton Island is a popular tourist destination and is located about 55 km off the coast of Queensland, near the Great Barrier Reef.
Hamilton Island stopped using six-seater petrol buggies in 2016 after a blow that left a woman and her nine-month-old child in critical condition and injured seven others.
The girl sat on her mother’s lap as her family was driven to the airport by a local employee.
She suffered serious head injuries when the vehicle, which was towing a luggage trailer, collided with parked golf carts on the Great Northern Highway.
Hamilton Island (pictured) is a popular tourist destination and is located about 55 km off the coast of Queensland, next to the Great Barrier Reef