IN HER MEMORY: Rockhampton woman Freda Moore (formerly Coulston) was tragically killed in a two-vehicle crash on the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Rd Wednesday morning.
IN HER MEMORY: Rockhampton woman Freda Moore (formerly Coulston) was tragically killed in a two-vehicle crash on the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Rd Wednesday morning.

Freda's harrowing premonition hours before her fatal crash

SHE didn't know it at the time, but Freda Moore's last words to her son and live-in carer of 10 years, David Coulston, would prove a harrowing premonition of the hours to come.

"You know when someone goes driving, there's a chance it could be the last time you see that person," David recalled of his mother's parting words as he prepared for the journey to Brisbane from Rockhampton.

On Wednesday morning while travelling to her weekly friendship group meets Freda, 91, and her friend and driver Stan Werner, 96, were killed in a two-vehicle crash on the Rockhampton Yeppoon Rd.

"She was always concerned about other people, very caring and concerned," David said.

"She was willing to help people especially when she was younger, always willing to listen to people."

Pouring over photos of the doting mother, grandmother and great grandmother Freda's granddaughter, Natasha Salanitri, remembered their beloved Grandma Freda for her love of family, and love of life.

"The family is devastated and shocked over our tragic loss," Natasha Salinitri said on behalf of Freda's five children, 18 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren.

"She was enjoying life, that's why she was going to this friendship group (the morning of the crash).

"She was heavily involved in family events, she had pride in her family, her house was full of photo frames."

To add to the tragedy, Freda's fate echoed that of her first husband Alwyn Coulston, who himself died in a single-vehicle car crash along the Burnett Hwy on March 3, 1976.

"He went to overtake a caravan and went off the road and hit a stump… he was killed instantly," David recalled of his father's accident, which happened when he was a 25-year-old man.

"It's a warning to all of us."

Natasha recalled fond memories of travelling Europe with her grandma when she was about 9-years-old.

A passion which would lead her to meet and marry her second husband, Leon, in Vermont in the United States in 1980.

After his passing, she returned to Rockhampton, where she lived out her days surrounded by loving family and friends.



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