A mother rocked by grief has begged the Queensland Premier to act on the state’s youth crime wave after her daughter and two other women were killed in a car accident.
Susan Marcus’ daughter Kelsie Davies was killed a 13-year-old boy allegedly crashed into her car in a stolen Mercedes in Maryborough at 1045pm on Sunday.
Kelsie died along with mother-of-two Michael Chandler who was in her car and 52-year-old nurse Sheree Robertson who was driving home from work in another vehicle.
Kelsie’s friend Kaylah Berens is now fighting for life in an induced coma in a Brisbane hospital.
Ms Marcus broke down when speaking about her daughter. Photo: ACAKelsie Davies died when the Holden she was driving was run into from behind.Michale Chandler was in the vehicle with Ms Davies and tragically lost her life.Kaylah Behrens, 23, is fighting for life in Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Ms Marcus has revealed the moment she found out she had lost her daughter when police woke her up on Sunday night to deliver the news.
“It’s just a nightmare, an absolute nightmare” she said.
“She would have been so scared … she wouldn‘t have known what to do.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who has been under pressure for months over youth crime, angered Ms Marcus when she was asked about what the government was doing after the crash.
“No one is going to stop youth crime but we can do everything we possibly can to curb the incidents of youth crime,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Ms Marcus described the ordeal as a “nightmare”.
Ms Marcus says the “whole state” has been “screaming” at the Premier to do more on youth crime before more people got hurt, including her daughter.
“I could not believe she said that, it was just like your daughter‘s life doesn’t matter,” Ms Marcus said.
“What are they worth to you, Annastacia?
“I don’t want this to happen to anybody else. It has to stop now.”
She had some kinder words for the boy allegedly behind the wheel during the accident, urging him to “live a life that’s worthy of those three”.
“Get out there and do something good for the world…he’s 13, he’s got his life ahead of him, if he can do some good or Kelsie’s life’s in vain,” she said.
Ms Marcus said her daughter’s main passion in life was dancing.
Ms Marcus also paused to remember her daughter, who she described as a “beautiful girl”.
“She loved to dance, that was her main joy, that’s all she would do and when she was home she would just practice” she said.
“She was always happy, always smiling.
“She could’ve done anything, the world was her oyster.”
A 13-year-old Bundaberg boy was charged earlier this week with three counts of dangerous operation of motor vehicle causing death and one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
A second 13-year-old boy has been charged with two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and one count each of driving without a licence, possessing dangerous drugs.
But police do not believe he was in the vehicle at the time of the fatal crash.
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