TRAGEDY: Ebonnie Smith and her father Brad (pictured inset) from Grandchester were killed in a car crash on Friday.
TRAGEDY: Ebonnie Smith and her father Brad (pictured inset) from Grandchester were killed in a car crash on Friday. Contributed

Community unites to help mum devastated by fatal crash

FUNDRAISING websites have been set up for the family of Grandchester father Brad Smith and his daughter Ebonnie after they were tragically killed in a car crash on Friday.

Tragically Brad and Ebonnie were taken from their family after an accident while they were travelling from Grandchester to Laidley.

Mr Smith, 50, died at the scene of the crash on Rosewood-Laidley Rd. His 12-year-old daughter was airlifted to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane but died the following night.

The local community has rallied behind the family and a fundraising Facebook page RIP Brad and Ebonnie's has been created with a link to a GoFundMe page. The QT website also has a link to the donation page: gofundme.com/whe7qds.

Close family friend and next door neighbour Coral Jeffries said she decided to set up the site for Brad's wife Annette, or Nettie as she is affectionately known.

"It was my idea to set up the fundraising, but friend of mine Danielle McDonald actually set it up because I was too distraught," Ms Jeffries said.

"It's not just me doing this. It was my idea but Danielle has been amazing.

"We heard about the accident in Grandchester obviously but then I live next door to Brad and Nettie and when the police turned up there I just knew it was Brad and Ebonnie.

"It's not just money. If you want to help but don't have any money - I don't have much - it's the simple things like a loaf of bread or a bottle of milk.

"Each night this week we've got a different lady bringing Nettie and the kids dinner."

Brad's mother Betty Smith described the ordeal she has been going through since Friday.

"Absolutely devastated. Losing the two of them. Absolutely devastated," said Mrs Smith, who lives in Leichhardt.

"On Friday I was trying to ring Bradley and couldn't get on to him. Then I left a message saying, 'Hi mate, getting a bit worried. I've tried five times to call you.'

"I got on to the police at Yamanto and they gave my details to the Rosewood police.

"Then they came here about 6.30pm. We were getting ready to go to the PA Hospital to see my granddaughter Ebonnie.

"I knew Bradley had been in an accident but I didn't know he had died until the police arrived."

If you would like to donate, visit: http://www.gofundme.com/whe7qds


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