Crash victim’s partner calls for district-wide safety push

Colac woman Belinda Thomas wants road authorities to look at the district’s “forgotten” intersections, two-and-a-half years on from losing her partner in a collision at
Irrewarra.

Colac woman Belinda Thomas wants road authorities to look at the district’s “forgotten” intersections, two-and-a-half years on from losing her partner in a collision at Irrewarra.

Ms Thomas’s partner Craig Roach died in a crash at the intersection of Warrowie Road and Ryans and McKays roads in August 2016, in a crash between his vehicle and a four-wheel-drive.

News of recent collisions and community discussion on social media prompted Ms Thomas to speak about her tragic connection with the intersection.

“We lived at Irrewarra for some time and my partner was killed at the intersection of Warrowie and Ryans road in August two years ago,” Ms Thomas said.

“When Craig had his accident I remember that I knew it would be ‘that intersection’.”

Ms Thomas said she rarely visited the site of Craig’s last moments anymore because the crossroads was “just too dangerous”, following a near-miss with her daughter when the two were visiting Craig’s cross on the 12-month anniversary of his death.

“We were laying some flowers at the cross that we had erected and we were walking back to the car and a vehicle came hurtling past us – it came straight through the intersection and straight across, just in the same way Craig had died,” she said.

“For that to happen to us a year to the day after Craig’s accident – I just think ‘is it coincidence or does it happen all the time?’”

Ms Thomas said she never felt any animosity towards the driver of the other vehicle involved in Craig’s crash.

“He has to live with what has happened, it was an accident and he wasn’t doing anything wrong – it was just the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I think it is the topography of the road itself at the intersection – it doesn’t look right, it doesn’t feel right,” she said.

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