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Car crash victim gives precious gift of life

TRAGIC LOSS: Car crash victim Holly Parsons.
TRAGIC LOSS: Car crash victim Holly Parsons. CONTRIBUTED

THE father of a popular Toowoomba teacher and volunteer who tragically died in a car crash at the weekend takes some comfort in knowing his daughter's death may save five other lives.

Holly Parsons, 47, died as the result of injuries sustained when the ute she was driving crashed into a tree on Saturday night near Clifton.

Ms Parsons, a teacher at Clifford Park Special School in Toowoomba, was returning to her East Greenmount home after volunteering for the Clifton SES at the Historic Leyburn Sprints.

She died in the PA Hospital in Brisbane on Monday.

Her father, Tony Parsons OAM, was told by doctors that the lives of up to five other people could be saved by his daughter's decision to be an organ donor.

Mr Parsons said his daughter's selfless decision was a reflection of her generous and loving nature.

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Along with teaching special needs children at Clifford Park Special School, Ms Parsons volunteered for Riding for the Disabled. She was also a renowned wildlife artist.

"She was such a special person - my pride and joy," Mr Parsons said.

"She was a perfectionist. She could do anything as good as a man - shoe horses, lay bricks - anything.

"And she touched everybody in her life." Mr Parsons paid tribute to the emergency service workers who attempted to save Ms Parsons' life, including many of her SES colleagues from Clifton.

"They couldn't have done any more - they were marvellous," he said.

SES area controller for the Toowoomba area, Chris Artiemiew said he was devastated when he heard of Ms Parsons' death.

"She was a very well-liked and very active member of the Clifton SES," he said.

"We're all very affected by it and we're trying to offer as much peer support as we can."

Leyburn Sprints president Ann Collins passed on the event committee's condolences to Ms Parsons' family.

"Although we didn't know Holly personally, we value the work of all the SES members who volunteer to help out at the sprints," she said.

"It was very sad to hear of her passing."

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