Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Day Georja Died.


"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them." (Ode of Rememberance)


"This incident is nothing short of an absolute tragedy." - Detective Inspector Glen Broadhead (NSW Police). 


To most, she's just another road death statistic. But to me, she's the day I realised that even after nearly 30 years of observing carnage on the roads as a professional driver, that we're not doing enough to stop the carnage. The message isn't getting through.


When I arrived at the scene of the accident at about 1.45am on Monday morning, I didn't know who the occupants of the badly mangled car were. By that time they were pulled from the vehicle, and transported to hospitals. Reports say that Georja died at the accident spot. She was only 15 years old. I didn't learn this until later in the morning. Hardened to these sort of things over nearly 30 years, I was surprised about how I felt about this one - incredibly saddened, largely because it was so unnecessary, and so avoidable, and cost such a young and innocent life.


Georja's life stops here, at the crossroads of Flinders Street and Old Port Road, Port Kembla, in the early hours of Monday 17 August, 2015. She will never grow up, marry or partner, and have children of her own. Her life stops at fifteen.


When will the carnage stop? Only when we as a society decide do to more, and this isn't just a "police responsibility"; it's the responsibility of all of us as citizens. To educate, and warn of the dangers. 


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