Andrew Caplin was a proud client of the Alara Association.
Andrew Caplin was a proud client of the Alara Association. David Nielsen

Tragic death of kind-hearted Andy

ANDREW Caplin was still excited about what had been a great day out when he decided to take his dogs for a walk on Wednesday.

The short trek from his home on Ironbark Cr to Jarrah St was a familiar one for him, and one he'd been taking for more than 15 years with his beloved dogs.

Tragically, Wednesday's walk with the dogs was Andrew's last.

The 31-year-old was struck by a four-wheel-drive and killed while walking only a few hundred metres from the house he shared with his dad Brian.

"I was peeling potatoes when it happened," Mr Caplin said of the tragedy.

"Andrew had been out with his carer Steve all day. He came back about 4.45pm and told me that he'd just been to see Batman versus Superman with Steve and he was really excited.

"He'd also had Subway and done some volunteer work at Lifeline, which he did every second Wednesday with his carer.

"I asked him what he was going to do next, and he said he was going to walk the dogs."

"She asked me if it was my son who walked the dogs," Mr Caplin said.

"She said he'd been hit by a car.

"As soon as I saw him lying there, I knew he was dead.

"I hope he died quickly. I hope he did not suffer."

Andrew Caplin was killed in a traffic crash in Raceview on Wednesday afternoon.
Andrew Caplin was killed in a traffic crash in Raceview on Wednesday afternoon. Contributed

Born with the rare congenital disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome, Andrew was known fondly by many of the people in his Raceview neighbourhood.

His carer of the last four years, Steve Edwards, said "Andy" was a big part of the Alara community.

"Andy had a warm heart and saw the good in everybody," Mr Edwards said.

"For me it is like losing a really good friend."

Andy and Steve saw each other on a weekly basis, with the carer taking him on everything from fitness sessions to life-skills courses.

"He was very capable. He could operate a laptop and phone and he could work unsupervised," Mr Edwards said.

"He would show up to work at Lifeline even if he was sick. He would turn up with a purpose. The staff there appreciated him."

Andrew's two dogs ran home after the accident and were not injured in any way.

Mr Caplin said he and the rest of the family had been given no indication as to how the accident happened.

"We don't know the full story of why or how," he said.

"Andrew's been walking the dogs around here nearly every day for 16 years - it's not like this was something new for him.

"Lots of people around the circuit knew him - he was the kind of person everybody knew."

The Ipswich forensic crash unit is investigating the cause of the fatal incident.

Police said the driver of the vehicle, who was visibly upset after the incident, had remained at the scene and was assisting with the investigations.

BJ and Brian Caplin chat about their brother and son Andrew who was killed in a traffic crash in Raceview on Wednesday afternoon.
BJ and Brian Caplin chat about their brother and son Andrew who was killed in a traffic crash in Raceview on Wednesday afternoon. Rob Williams

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