Friends pay tribute to road crash victim
A GAPING hole has been left in the hearts of Louise Morgan's family and friends after she was killed in a crash on the Pacific Hwy near Bangalow on New Year's Day.
Ms Morgan, 34, died when she was travelling south on the highway and a northbound Ford Falcon veered into the southbound lanes and crashed head-on into the Mazda3 she was driving.
Police said Ms Morgan was not at fault in the crash.
Known as Lommy to her friends, Louise grew up in Sydney and was the eldest of three girls.
Close friend Lynda Procter and Ms Morgan's sister Heather said: "Lommy enjoyed life immensely and her charisma was magnetic to all who had the privilege of knowing and spending time with her."
An SES volunteer for years while in Sydney, Ms Morgan worked as a Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb tour guide for more than seven years, climbing the bridge more than 2000 times.
When she moved to Ballina in 2009 to work on the Alstonville bypass she fell in love with the Northern Rivers and stayed, enjoying a blossoming romance with local man Rob Mackerras.
Ms Morgan quickly became well known in the community, hosting trivia nights and working casually behind the bar on Saturday nights at the Lennox Hotel.
Southern Cross University acting vice-chancellor Professor William MacGillivray said Ms Morgan had been an employee of the university for the past two years.
"Louise was a joyful person, conscientious, outgoing and happy," he said.
"She will be greatly missed by all who worked with her."
Ms Morgan's former boss, executive director of community and corporations, Helen Hughes paid tribute to a woman who she said was a valued employee.
"Louise was extremely highly regarded, well-loved and will be greatly missed by her many friends and colleagues," Ms Hughes said.