14 moments that changed the lives of Coast families forever
AS the days creep closer to Christmas, more than a dozen families sadly reflect on the fact their loved ones will not be coming home this year.
Seventeen people were killed in 14 road crashes on the Sunshine Coast in 2014.
Three of those people were children, while a teenager died while driving on the Bruce Highway at Bells Creek.
A Caloundra State High School graduate died when the car in which she was a passenger, careened off Caloundra Rd and hit a tree.
Two of those killed on our roads were pedestrians, caught at the wrong place, at the wrong time.
The road toll has halved from last year, where 25 people were killed in 22 different crashes.
In 2012, 19 people were killed on our roads.
Sunshine Coast Road Policing Unit acting sergeant Mark Johnston said it was encouraging to see a reduction, but even one death was one too many.
The team of officers, along with the entire Sunshine Coast police force, have a goal of zero road deaths.
"We are a long way to achieving our goal, but it's a step in the right direction," Acting Sgt Johnston said.
"There's no doubt the Fatal Five- speeding, drink/drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt, fatigue or distraction- played some part in all these fatality crashes this year."
"Christmas is coming up, it's our busiest time of year, people nee to plant heir trip, adhere to the Fatal Five and if it's a long trip, break it up to avoid fatigue."
"And just be patient, we don't want to see anymore fatal or serious crashes."
1. January 12: a 61-year-old Beerwah man died on the scene at a crash in the southbound lanes of the Bruce Highway at Forest Glen on January 12. His passenger, a 51-year-old Ipswich woman, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
2. February 20: a 49-year-old Kings Beach man who was a passenger in a BMW died when the 56-year-old driver failed to negotiate a bend at Lindsay Rd, Buderim on February 20 at 3.10am. The Maryborough driver was charged with two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death or grievous bodily harm, drink driving and driving without a licence.
3. March 24: 19-year-old Oscar Bickley died when his car came off the Bruce Highway at Bells Creek on March 24. The popular teenager was returning home after an Oztag carnival on the Coast. It took emergency services more than two hours to free Oscar from the wreckage. The RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter airlifted him to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a critical condition where both of his legs were amputated before he died a few days later.
4. April 28: Cooloola Cove man Bryan Lester died when his car collided head-on with another vehicle on Bli Bli Rd on April 28. The 78-year-old was remembered as a quiet, kind man who was enjoying retirement after putting in years of service with the New Zealand military and police force.
5. May 6: Joseph Haynes, 20, died instantly when the Commodore he was travelling in slammed into a power pole at Maleny-Stanley River Rd, Maleny on May 6. The driver, one of his mates, was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, driving under the influence of liquor, driving with a disqualified drivers licence. The impact of the crash sliced the sedan in two.
6. May 16: an elderly woman died during an horrific five-car pile up at Memorial Ave, Maroochydore on May 16. A four-wheel-drive slammed into two parked cars, shunted two others and rolled on to its roof. An elderly pedestrian died when she was struck by the out of control car.
7. August 15: a 38-year-old Wurtulla man was heading north along Nicklin Way about 3am on August 15 when his sedan has left the road and collided with the rear of a parked truck. The vehicle caught fire and the man was pronounced deceased at the scene.
8. August 21: a Wurtulla mother and her three children died when the car they were travelling in left Mooloolah Connection Rd on August 21. Keisha Ann Jackson was driving on a dark, rainy night when she left the roadway and hit a tree.
Her children Ryan, 10, Joan, 7, died on impact. Little four-year-old Matilda died from her injuries in hospital three days later. Eldest child Eathan Jackson-Cook survived and has since returned to school at Kawana Waters State College. Follow up investigations concluded Keisha was travelling as fast as 160kmh when she slammed into the tree.
9. September 4: an 84-year-old woman died a when two cars collided head-on in Cooroy on September 4 at the Elm Street rail overpass. The elderly woman was a passenger and was transported to hospital but died as a result of her injuries later.
10. October 10: Alfred Handley, 83, died while crossing the road at Alexandra Headland on October 10. Mr Handley was crossing Alexandra Parade near Mari St when he was struck by a car. Army mates and family paid tribute to a "wonderful man" who was taken too soon.
11. November 14: Oli Shields, 30, died when his car careened off the Sunshine Motorway on November 14. Oli's car left the motorway and collided with trees. Despite efforts from those who stopped to help, Oli died from his injuries
12. November 26: Father Harry Faelmann, 55 died when his motorcycle collided with a car on Middle Creek Rd, Federal on November 26. The Energex meter reader and well known sports photographer died instantly when his motorcycle collided with the car and caught on fire.
13. December 11: 17-year-old Hope Dell was killed when the car in which she was a passenger careened off Caloundra Rd and hit a tree in the median strip. Her two friends, both also 17, survived the crash.
14: December 18: A 59-year-old Gympie woman died at the scene of a horrific car the crash on the Bruce Hwy, near Pomona, on December 18 after the driver of the car she was in swerved to miss a tree brought down by a storm.