Cameron Venz and baby Chaise.
Cameron Venz and baby Chaise.

Family, friends mourn Cameron Venz

A FORMER Maryborough 17-year-old has died in a traffic crash on the Warrego Hwy and left behind a grieving fiancee.

Cameron Venz died after a head-on collision with another motorist on Tuesday morning at Pickanjinnie, 30km east of Roma.

Mr Venz, who worked at Foodworks Maryborough until about six months ago, had recently moved to Ipswich where he became engaged and was due to marry Ipswich girl Temika Streeting next year.

Ms Streeting had an 18-month-old son, Chaise, who she said Mr Venz was like a father to.

Mr Venz, who played rugby league for the Brothers club, was taken to the Roma Hospital with head, arm and internal injuries but died in hospital.

The 59-year-old woman who was driving the other vehicle, a sedan, was airlifted to a Brisbane hospital in a critical but stable condition.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the accident at the scene but Roma District Inspector Roger Whyte said it appeared the dual cab had crossed onto the wrong side of the road.

“Investigations are continuing as to why that happened,” Insp Whyte said.

Hundreds of friends and family members, including those from the Fraser Coast, have taken to social media site Facebook to pay their respects to the much-loved teenager via a tribute page.

Ms Streeting left several tribute messages to her fiance.

“We were meant to get married next year my sexy man,” she wrote.

“I just wish this was one big hell of a nightmare n u would walk through this front door n give me a hug n a kiss like u normally do after a big day at work.

“I miss u so much my beautiful man R.I.P baby I'll be up there with u one day when it's my turn.”

One of Mr Venz's good friends, Jake Rutledge, wrote on the page that the teenager was always there for him.

“The things I would do to have you back home safe. I'm so glad we had our talk on the phone last night,” Mr Rutledge said.

“Woke up with a missed call from you this morning.

“I know it was probably only to wake me up like you usually do and tell me that you miss me.

"Was only on the phone to you last night bro.”

Mr Venz worked for ISS Australia.

The company's spokesman Darryl Prince said they were providing support to the family.

“It really is a horrible tragedy and we are trying to support the employee's family and colleagues,” he said.

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