'Just terrible': Boxing Champ's struggle after crash

 

The sole survivor of a horror car crash on the Gold Coast that left four people dead has been revealed as a champion Queensland boxer.

Will Parsons, 31, was behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Amarok ute which was involved in the deadly crash at Advancetown on Saturday.

There is no suggestion Mr Parsons was at fault in the accident.

Police believe the driver of the other vehicle, a Mazda 3 sedan, lost control and swerved on to the wrong side of the road in the wet weather.

Gold Coast boxer Will Parsons survived the horror crash that killed four young people on Saturday. Picture: Mike Batterham
Gold Coast boxer Will Parsons survived the horror crash that killed four young people on Saturday. Picture: Mike Batterham

All four people in the Mazda 3 - Kirsten Van Gorp (known as Elliott to friends), Courtney Smith, 20, Lochlan Parker, 20, and Katrina McKeough, 21, died at the scene.

Mr Parsons was taken to hospital suffering shock and minor injuries to his back and hips but was released the same night.

An electrician by trade, Mr Parsons is a professional boxer with 15 fights under his belt over an eight-year career and he took out the Queensland super welterweight title in March.

The four young adults killed in a horror Gold Coast Hinterland crash at the weekend, clockwise from top left, are Lochlan Park, Courtney Smith, Kirsten Van Gorp and Katrina McKeough.
The four young adults killed in a horror Gold Coast Hinterland crash at the weekend, clockwise from top left, are Lochlan Park, Courtney Smith, Kirsten Van Gorp and Katrina McKeough.

"I'm so lucky to still be here and they were super unlucky," he said.

"I was going to stay back late at work but the boss didn't need me to, so I just left and you think about 'what if', but it doesn't do any good to think about it like that.

"I just feel so bad for all their families. Four young people losing their lives like that, it's just terrible.

"It was miraculous that I walked away, but it's still pretty upsetting."

After freeing himself from the mangled wreckage of his ute, Mr Parsons tried to help the people in the Mazda, but there was nothing he could do.

"I was down on my haunches for a bit because of the pain on my hips and back from the seatbelt and the airbag and then I went over and tried to see what I could do but they needed to be cut free," he said.

The scene of the hinterland crash. Picture: Jason O'Brien
The scene of the hinterland crash. Picture: Jason O'Brien

Other motorists also stopped to help before emergency services could make their way to the hinterland crash site about 10km west of Nerang.

The four had taken to the roads for a day in the Gold Coast hinterland from Brisbane when the horrific incident occurred.

Ms Smith and Ms Van Gorp lived in Brisbane while Mr Parker and Ms McKeough were visiting their friends from Townsville.

Tributes have been made online to the young crash victims, with friends saying "the loss of each of them is a loss to this world".

Flowers have been left at the scene. Picture: Adam Head
Flowers have been left at the scene. Picture: Adam Head

Ms Van Gorp's parents issued an emotional tribute to the 22-year-old, vowing their child would live in their hearts forever and described her as "a kind and beautiful soul".

"(Kirsten) had a quirky and creative mind and made everyone smile," they wrote in a statement.

"(They) will live on forever in our hearts."

Remembering the group of four mates who had reunited for the university holidays, friend Jess Scott said "the loss of each of them is a loss to this world".

Originally published as Boxing champ revealed as horror crash survivor


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