Crash victim’s haunting message minutes before deadly smash
"THIS trip has definitely made me realise take all the chances and memories you have because you don't (know) when it could be your last".
Just 15 minutes after Tammy Marchant posted this haunting message on Facebook in the early hours of Thursday morning, the 18-year-old mother of one and friend Josh Graham, 26, both from Western Australia, was killed in a horrific car crash in South Australia's Mid North.
The Nissan four-wheel-drive they were in with two other passengers - Aaron Bishop and Jarrad Famlonga - rolled on the Augusta Highway at Lake View, 16km north of Snowtown, just after 12.30am.
Tributes for the pair have been flowing on social media since the tragedy while Mr Bishop, who was in the back seat at the time of the smash, has been discharged from hospital and is preparing to fly back to WA this evening.
Ms Marchant and Mr Graham died at the scene while Mr Bishop and Mr Famlonga, also from WA, were flown to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The group left WA on Tuesday for a road trip through SA.
Ms Marchant's last Facebook message, posted at 12.15am - just 15 minutes before the fatal crash - has left her friends aghast at the tragic coincidence.
The message was a tribute to her pet dog Troy, who died earlier this year.
"I miss my boy Troy so much - why does the heaven always take the good ones so quick?" she wrote.
"It's been 4/5 months now without you and to be honest I thought it would get easier but you were the best thing I've had since I was 10. I'll forever love you.
"This trip has definitely made me realise take all the chances and memories you have because you don't (know) when it could be your last."
Ms Marchant's friends have taken to Facebook to express their shock and grief at the haunting message.
"You spoke too soon girl - I'm so sorry this happened to you," Tayla Dean Oleary wrote.
"Rest in peace angel - You'll be missed."
Mia Fielding said: "These lines (right) here ... just make you stop".
Samuel Lawson posted a tribute on his own Facebook page, describing Ms Marchant as "inspirational".
"You were one of the first and definitely the best friend that I have made since moving to Western Australia," he wrote.
"The way in which you cared for your family, especially your bubba Nevaeh, was inspirational."
Friends of Mr Graham were urged to congregate at the Mandurah skate park, where Mr Graham would hang out, on Thursday night to remember him.
"Rest in paradise Joshy," Jessica Greenwood posted on Facebook.
"I will forever remember our skate park hang outs & juvie days getting up to no good.
"I will cherish our memories forever."
Meanwhile, Mr Bishop, who was discharged from hospital on Friday morning and was set to fly back to WA later in the evening, said he and Mr Famlonga were "physically feeling a lot better now we've had fresh air and some rain on us".
As previously reported by The Advertiser, Mr Bishop provided a harrowing account of the deadly crash.
"For yous (sic) that don't know, last night we were driving to Adelaide where I woke up from the back seat to see the car heading for the trees in the middle of the freeway," he wrote on Facebook.
"I blacked out and when it all stopped I just screamed. I kicked the window through with my feet, not hearing any of the other 3.
"My first instinct was run out on the freeway and play chicken until someone pulled over to help, covered in blood - of course heaps of people never stopped to help.
"Finally got help where tammy and fatboy had died on impact; Jarrad managed to wake up and I helped him out."
Mr Bishop also paid tribute to his two friends who lost their lives in the crash.
"I just miss them 2 - I want them back so much it's killing me," he wrote.
"I'm so sorry everyone, I really am ... Rest in paradise to 2 of my most favourite people ever."
Ms Marchant and Mr Graham's deaths brought the state's road toll to 38 compared to 39 at the same time last year.