Tears flow for teenage football star killed in horror crash
CRASH victim Jaydon Adams has been remembered as a talented, proud, passionate and determined young leader who was on a path to success.
The 20-year-old Goolburri Health Advancement worker and his 26-year-old colleague Samantha Lee Burgess were killed on Monday when their car and a truck collided at the Eight Mile intersection north of Warwick.
Deputy Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and close friend Matthew Cooke yesterday spoke on behalf of Mr Adams' family.
"Jaydon was most proud to be playing football with the Ipswich Jets. This was part of his dream to one day play professional football for the NRL," Mr Cooke said.
He said Mr Adams had followed his mother Lizzie, a long-serving leader and advocate for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health, into championing Indigenous health.
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"This was demonstrated through his work at Goolburri Health Advancement and his leadership roles as the Inaugural NACCHO Youth Delegate for Queensland.
Mr Adams was the Youth Ambassador for the Inaugural Aboriginal Male Health Ochre Day held on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra last week.
"Jaydon was also a participant at the recent 2013 Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership program, for which he, as expected with his infectious spirit, developed many more friendships.
"Jaydon was not only grounded in his Aboriginal culture as proud descendant of the Mardigan people from Cunnamulla, but very much well understood the fundamental issues facing his people at the grassroots."
Meanwhile, Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Peter Blundell said people in his community were saddened by the deaths but also angry more hadn't been done to improve safety at the intersection.
He said he had approached the State and Federal members for the region about confirming an upgrade commitment.
An invitation was also being extended to Federal Transport Minister for input.
"It has been going on too long," Cr Blundell said.
"In 2009 we had an upgrade to the intersection that obviously didn't meet the requirements."
He called for the traffic flow of the highways to be separated.
An overpass and large roundabout were ideas he thought worthy of consideration.
"It needs to be a proper solution, not a solution to fit the dollars available."
A department spokeswoman acknowledged the intersection was a notorious black spot and supported investment by the Federal Government to improve safety.
She said it would cost about $30 million to build an overpass.
Still in shock... cannot believe you're gone. You will be sadly missed by so many. Especially at footy. My heart goes out to Mark, Lizzy & Family... RIP JAYDON
- Joanne Duncan Torrens
To my brother there will be no other like you Rest in Peace
- Michelle Watson
RIP to a fantastic guy and friend....will sadly miss him
- Chris Gill
Still a shock your gone. Going to miss you Jayboy. Forever in my heart! xoxo
- Lesharne Taylor
Rest easy brother we will have beers again in no time
- Peter Reeves