PASSENGER TELL S O F CRA SH TH AT KIL LED HIS BROTHER
By JANE GARDNER
THE tiny community of Tabulum was in shock yesterday, as they mourned the loss of popular teenager Josh Avery in a car accident.
Josh, 17, lived and worked on the Jubullum Village near Tabulum. His death caused great sorrow in the Aboriginal and wider Tabulam community alike.
The teenager died shortly after the Holden Commodore he was driving left the Clarence Way, between Baryulgil and Tabulam, at 11.40pm Saturday.
The car rolled several times, hit and embankment and then collided with a tree. Paramedics pronounced the teen dead at the scene.
Josh's brother, Kenny 'Bunch' Avery, 22, was sitting in the front passenger seat when the accident happened.
Josh, Kenny, their brother Raymond Walker, 21, and uncle Eric Hickling, 35, were returning from visiting a relative in Baryulgil.
Kenny suffered neck injuries, but was saved by his seatbelt. Raymond also suffered minor injuries.
"The car rolled seven times and then I got knocked out," Kenny said.
When he regained consciousness, Kenny realised with horror his brother was dead.
"I should have been driving," he said.
Kenny said Josh had been given the car as a gift from his father earlier that day.
Josh's step-mother Sue McGrady described Josh as a 'good fella' and enthusiastic worker, with a permanent smile.
"That's just the way he was," she said.
Josh was a star player with the Tabulum Turtle Divers football team.
His friends believe he had a promising future ahead of him as a representative of the Aboriginal community because of his enthu- siasm and friendly nature.