Horror crash robs baby Odin of 'remarkable' father
BABY Odin Walker will not remember the remarkable man his father was.
It will be up to his older sisters Rilee and Charli, their mother Catherine and her extended family to impart upon the four-month-old the legacy of Luke Walker.
Luke, his wife Catherine and their son Odin were being driven by Luke's sisters Lacey Walker and Louise Walker from Toowoomba to Brisbane Airport early on Thursday morning.
Luke and Catherine had stayed the night in Toowoomba at Luke's sister Louella Clarke's house after driving in from their home town of St George.
Their car had broken down on the Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Rd, so sisters Rilee, 7, and Charli, 6, had been taken by Luke's parents to their home in Brightview, with the intention of reuniting at the airport.
The Walkers were going to fly to New Zealand to introduce Odin to Catherine's extended family as well as surprise her parents on their 50th wedding anniversary.
Their mood was jovial as they set off, singing and laughing as they were stopped by every red traffic light heading east along James St.
They finally got a green light as they approached the junction of Ruthven St.
Tragically, the CBD intersection was where their holiday ended.
A driver travelling south on Ruthven St is alleged to have ignored the red light before him, crashing into the side of the Walker's Hyundai wagon.
Luke was fatally injured when thrown from the rear left seat of the vehicle, his wife critically injured when ejected from the rear right seat.
Their son was unharmed in the baby capsule between them.
Luke's younger sister Mrs Clarke yesterday said her family was "devastated and shattered".
"I can't believe someone's reckless decision has torn this family apart," Mrs Clarke said.
"He will be truly missed.
"We will continue his legacy."
The Walkers have lived in St George for about seven years.
Luke was the butchery manager at Cornett's IGA supermarket while Catherine was nearing the end of maternity leave from her bartender role at the St George Hotel.
Supermarket manager Simon Fraser said Luke was a fun, easy-going guy.
"He's just a very well-liked guy around town," Mr Fraser said.
"Seeing the response from his passing proves the influence he had around town."
That response has come in the form of a bank account, which has had more than $4600 donated since Luke's death.
A cake stall has been planned and collection tins for the family are in various businesses in town.
Mrs Clarke said her sister-in-law Catherine was in an induced coma in the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
"We are seeing little signs every day that she is improving."
Catherine's injuries are extensive; however, the one of most concern is her head trauma.
She will be in hospital when her husband's funeral service is held in St George.
"When she is able to leave hospital we will have another small service..."
Mrs Clarke said support from the St George community had been a huge boost during the difficult time.
"We are so appreciative of everything they are doing for our family out there."
Donations to the Walkers can be made to Westpac bank account BSB 034213 and account number 165840 with reference Walker Family Donation.