Teenage girl, 16, seriously injured in horrific accident, dies in hospital a week later
- 16-year-old Lilly Hayes dies 18 days after a car accident
- Her car crashed on a rural Queensland road
- Driver of Lilly’s car was in critical condition
A family is devastated after their 16-year-old daughter dies in hospital, a week after she was involved in a two-vehicle collision.
Lilly Hayes was one of two people seriously injured when the blue sedan she was traveling in was smashed head-on with a white 4WD coming the other way on a rural road near the Queensland town of Gunalda at about 2.30pm on Saturday, June 10.
Lilly was transported to Brisbane Children’s Hospital, about 200 km south, in critical condition before dying on Friday.
a Gofundme was set up to help Lilly’s family as they stayed by her bedside during the harrowing ordeal.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must write this update on Lilly’s condition,” wrote page creator Sherryn Wynne.
Lilly Hayes (pictured center) has been killed in a horrific car crash in rural Queensland
“Lilly passed away yesterday afternoon, surrounded by her loved ones.”
“Meagan, David, Jacob, Seth and Emma are now grieving the loss of their daughter and sister.”
“This is something no parent should have to go through and it’s just so devastating that her life is so short.
“Our cheeky little Lilly had the whole world ahead of her.”
The page said the money donated will go towards a celebration of Lilly’s life and continued support for the family.
Lilly attended James Nash State High School in Gympie, where she was described by Gympie mom Kirra Mills as “Such a loving, caring young lady.”
“You’ve helped Mia more than you’ll ever know. It was a pleasure having you here. Such lovely manners,” Ms Mills said in a Facebook comment.
The collision occurred a little over a week ago on a single-lane dirt road about 200 km north of Brisbane
“This beautiful family is not one to reach out and ask for help,” Ms Wynne wrote in the post.
“They are used to being on the other side and always provide first aid to those in need.”
One of the donors lost their 14-year-old son, Levi Hanna, when he was hit by a bus after getting off a bus in the same Gympie area as Lilly’s February accident.
“I know our kind and light-hearted Levi Lilly will help guide this next journey. .. We send all our love to you, little Lilly,” Levi’s mother Lilly Zrehen wrote.
The gofundme page had passed $5,000 in pledges by Sunday afternoon.
The driver of the car Lilly was in, a man in his 20s, was flown to the Royal Brisbane, where he was last in critical condition.
The blue sedan in which Lilly and a man in his 20s were traveling was left a twisted wreckage after the crash
The six passengers in the 4WD were left ‘battered and bruised’ but escaped without serious injury.
Gold Coast mum Amellia Hartman, who drove the 4WD, said the front of the car was smashed but absorbed much of the impact of the crash.
However, she was shocked to see her three-year-old toddler Charlotte come forward to check on Lilly, who was lying in the road.
“You don’t want a three-year-old to go through that,” she said.
Police were investigating the accident, but said no charges have been filed.