BLI BLI parents-to-be Jess Cahill and Jesse Sims were in love and planning the months ahead before the arrival of their baby boy.
Five months pregnant, Jess, 18, overcame a crippling first trimester of morning sickness to make a week-long road trip to visit the mother of her partner of less than a year.
But tragedy intervened.
Jess and Jesse, 21, were in the backseat of a Holden Commodore sedan when their car and two others crashed on the Bruce Highway, 25 kilometres south of Miriam Vale, about 6am on Monday morning.
In the front was Nicole Sims, Jesse’s 16-year-old sister.
The driver was Nicole’s 19-year-old boyfriend.
Jess and Nicole died, the 16-year-old immediately and mum-to-be Jess shortly after surgery at Bundaberg Hospital.
Both young men are out of critical danger, though still at Rockhampton Hospital.
The devastation at the shock loss of Jess has momentarily been put on pause as the hearts and heads of two families and countless friends turn to Jesse in the catastrophe which robbed him of his girlfriend, his son and his sister.
Jess’s parents, Ross and Megan Cahill, of Buderim, said the couple were a perfect fit and the news of a baby had escalated their joy.
“They were over the moon about becoming parents,” Mrs Cahill said, cuddling her daughters Claire, 12, and Lidia, 4.
A grief-stricken Ross Cahill sat quietly listening to his wife’s warm recollections of their daughter, before phone calls, visitors and emotion caused him to move to a quiet spot on the backyard veranda.
“Jess and Jesse were good friends and colleagues before getting together late last year,” Mrs Cahill said. “He doted on her, they were both very similar people with the same sense of humour.”
Nicole Sims was killed instantly in the crash, their car hit on the left-hand side, according to Mrs Cahill.
Jess, who was sitting behind the younger teenager, was coherent at the scene but lost consciousness and was airlifted to Bundaberg.
“She had a ruptured liver and her pelvis was badly shattered,” her mother said.
“The internal bleeding was just too much and she died in surgery.”
Flowers already fill the family’s impressive home, a testament to the friends and neighbours who have not left their side since two police officers arrived on Monday about 10.30am.
Jess’s funeral is expected to be held next Friday at Nambour.
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