An Australian teenager has died of injuries sustained in a horrific car accident days before her semi-formal 10th year.
Lydia Gilchrist, of Logan, was a passenger in a red Ford Maverick traveling on New Beith Road on Saturday evening when the car suddenly veered and landed in a culvert, Queensland Police said.
The 16-year-old girl was rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital but died of her injuries on Tuesday evening, sparking an outpouring of grief in her community.
It is understood Lydia was camping over the weekend with friends when tragedy struck just days before she was set to attend her semi-formal 10th year, the Courier Mail reports.
The 16-year-old’s devastating death prompted Rochedale State High School – where the teenager was a student – to postpone Friday night’s event to November 14.
A parent of another student at the school told the publication that Lydia’s classmates were “a mess” after staff broke the news.
“Lydia was a student who didn’t seem to have any enemies and was well liked by everyone, so as you can imagine it was a shock to all of the students,” the mum said.
The woman said her daughter was devastated that Lydia “won’t get her semi-formal, she won’t be able to graduate from grade 10 or 12 or even be able to go to college.”
“It shocked the whole school and the community,” she added.
Tributes pour in for ‘loving’ teenager
Friends and family flooded social media with tributes to the ‘beautiful’ and ‘loving’ teenager.
Earlier this week, Lydia’s mother, Carly Townsend, revealed on Facebook that her daughter had been seriously injured.
“Saturday at midnight my life changed in an instant! My baby girl was in a serious car accident, she is in hospital fighting for her life,” she wrote on Monday.
“I wouldn’t normally put something this personal on Facebook, but I ask everyone to pray to the higher power they believe in to help us through this.”
The next day, the mother shared her grief over her daughter’s death.
“Rest in peace my beautiful daughter, words can’t even describe how much I loved you. I miss you so much already!” Ms Townsend wrote alongside a picture of Lydia smiling.
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