Two women have died over the past three days after separate quad bike crashes in Far North Queensland including a “beautiful soul” who kindly donated her organs.
Taylah Pearson, 22, suffered critical injuries in an accident near Ayr on Thursday and died in Townsville Hospital on Sunday morning.
Her sister, Brytni Pearson, said the family decided to donate Taylah’s organs but then discovered she was a registered donor, the Townsville Bulletin reports.
“Even in death she still amazes us all,” she said.
“Some of her organs were too damaged but we are happy to say that Taylah has saved a few lives. One has her beautiful heart and three have her liver, one being a baby.”
Queensland Police say the 22-year-old had been a passenger on a quad bike when it crashed.
“Preliminary information suggests three quad bikes carrying five people were travelling together along Old Home Hill Rd through Mcdesme around 8.30pm on May 14 when one of the vehicles flipped over, causing the driver and passenger to fall off,” the force said in a statement.
The 23-year-old male driver of that quad bike was not seriously injured.
Another driver, a 22-year-old man, was charged with drink driving, not wearing a helmet, driving unregistered and uninsured.
The third driver, a 21-year-old man, was also charged with drink driving. The pair are due to appear in Ayr Magistrates Court on August 17.
Friends have since paid tribute to the young woman, who was the sole female apprentice in the 2017 intake at Wilmar Sugar Mills and had a keen interest in electrical work.
“Blessed to have so many great memories with this amazing girl,” friend Jonathan Huckett wrote on Facebook.
“No matter what the occasion, she was there shining above the crowd, smiling and laughing with us all.”
Brittany Thomasson wrote: “Taylah Pearson you amaze us every day. Missing you so much.”
Josh Moynihan shared a picture of himself on Facebook with Taylah and her sister, Brytni.
“Your bubbly, happy and cheerful personality will be missed by everyone,” he wrote.
“I hope they have plenty of country music playing and beer up there for you.”
Meanwhile, a 76-year-old woman from Woopen Creek, northwest of Innisfail, died in Townsville Hospital on Tuesday following a quad bike crash on Monday afternoon.
Police said early inquiries suggest she had been travelling along Joyce Rd at around 8.30am when she fell from her quad bike, hitting her head.