A WEEK after a Queensland school community mourned the loss of Olivia Harwood, a beloved house captain at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School, the family has been knocked down again after police announced her mum had also succumbed to her crash injuries.
Olivia, 17, died on October 2 when the car she was travelling in with her parents Allan, 48, and Beverley, 44, was struck by a ute.
The teen was just months away from graduating and had celebrated her senior formal in May.
The Harwood family also includes daughters Molly and Sophie who weren’t in the car.
A police investigation into the three-vehicle crash found the catalyst for the accident came when a semi-trailer travelling down the highway at Oakey collided with a ute, pushing it into oncoming traffic.
Despite the best efforts from paramedics, Olivia died at the scene.
Her parents were flown to hospitals in Brisbane and Allan is on the road to recovery.
Beverley was critically injured in the crash and after a week of fighting, tragically died on October 8.
Beverley worked at Central Queensland Health in podiatry and exercise physiology.
A number of community members have mourned the beloved mum since her death and a GoFundMe page has been set up for Allan and his two other daughters which has raised more than 7,000 in five days.
“Sadly Bev passed away yesterday from her injuries. Her husband is still fighting. They have two other daughters who need their dad. Thank you everyone for donating. They need all the help they can get. Such a sad, sad accident,” friend Peta Sanchez wrote.
The Rockhampton Water Polo Association, a club the Harwood family was a part of, also expressed their condolences.
“Our hearts go out to Allan, Sophie, and Molly and we know that our whole club has them in their thoughts and prayers,” the club wrote.
“Bev will be remembered as a tireless volunteer within our club, regularly running the table at our high school competition, travelling with and supporting our representative teams at state tournaments, and helping out behind the scenes however she could.
“Bev will be deeply missed.”
Olivia’s death left the Rockhampton Girls Grammar community in mourning.
Some of Olivia’s friends have taken to social media to celebrate her life.
“Rest In Peace beautiful girl. You were taken far too soon and words can’t describe how heartbroken we all are to hear this news. Fly high gorgeous, you’ll always be in our hearts Livvy,” Lizzie Jones wrote.
“RIP beautiful. Our community of Oakey will stick together and help our friends and family get through this Tuff (sic) time,” Zoe James wrote.