Tributes have poured in for a teenager who died at her “favourite place” on Saturday, Nov. 25.
The teenager, Hannah Dingle, died in a car roll-over on Saturday night at Five Rocks beach in Queensland, Australia according to the Daily Mercury.
The 16-year-old girl loved to drive four-wheel drives, and the stretch of beach is a popular four-wheel driving area.
Friends and family have described her as “always smiling.”
A fundraising page set up for her two days ago by her friend Tony Lever has already raised over $20,000.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a 16 year old, bubbly and beautiful soul, Hannah, as she passed in a fatal car accident this past Saturday night 25th November 2017,” he wrote on the page.
“Hannah loved her four wheel driving, hanging with friends and always had a massive smile on her face, no matter the situation.”
He told the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin that the money will go to Hannah’s parents and a memorial at Stockyard Point on Five Rocks Beach.
“Everyone in the community has come together to support each other through this hard period of time and she would be smiling down on us,” Lever told The Morning Bulletin.
Lever said the original fundraising goal of $10,000 doubled to $20,000 in the first hour, so he has decided to up the goal to $30,000.
In an update on the fundraising page he wrote, “The support of the community has been amazing.
“We’re upping the goal to $30,000; the end plan is to help the family as much as possible with all costs, before and after the initial wave.
“Every donation has been heart felt and reading the comments re-enforces the memory of how Hannah had an impact on the community and loved ones.
“Personally, thank you to everyone who donated, it makes you realise that there is good in tragic times.”
“We were all close, she was friends with everyone and a very lovable person who would make everyone smile no matter what the situation,” Lever told The Morning Bulletin.
“We owe Hannah everything and to always keep her memory alive forever is what we plan to do.”
Five Rocks beach, where Hannah died, is near Byfield National Park and is a popular place for camping, fishing and four-wheel driving.
Queensland Police said a 21-year-old passenger suffered a leg injury from the crash, and the 21-year-old driver of the vehicle was not injured in the crash.
Rockhampton Traffic Branch Officer Senior Sergeant Ewan Findlater told The Morning Bulletin that the cause of the crash was still under investigation.
“There is a fair bit of investigations to happen including blood samples from the driver to see if alcohol was a factor and a vehicle inspection.
“Reconstruction of the crash will also help determine the cause to see speeds as well, but all this will take substantial time,” he said.
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