Rural couple on way to visit daughter when killed in crash
A PITTSWORTH couple who loved spending time in their garden were on the way to visit their daughter when they were killed in a collision with a truck.
The family of Michael and Heather Wicks are travelling back to Pittsworth this week as they try to come to terms with the sudden death of the rural couple.
Daughter Natalie Curtis said she and her sisters Annette Kummerow and Jenelle Gills were shocked to learn of their parent's fatal crash at the intersection of Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Rd and Oakey -Pittsworth Rd on Monday morning.
"It has been quite a turbulent 24 hours," Mrs Curtis said.
She said her parents had always had a connection with Darling Downs, having spent the past 25 years living in Pittsworth.
They were on their way to Haden when the crash occurred.
"Dad was going to help with the gardening.
"He has always been there to help us girls when we needed it."
Mrs Curtis said her mother was a "painfully shy" lady who had developed good friends after joining the Country Women's Association during their time spent living on a farm at Southbrook.
"She was a very reserved person.
"She loved her garden and she loved her flowers and that sort of thing."
Mrs Curtis recalled weekly phone calls to her father, which always came on a Sunday.
"We would always have these great discussions.
"Dad was a great thinker."
The family of crash victim Gladys Reis also had their grief compounded when her husband Kevin succumbed to injuries sustained in a crash north of Kingsthorpe on August 16.
Mrs Reis died at the scene but Mr Reis survived until Monday night.
Darling Downs police district officer Inspector Mike Curtin said eight people had died on the district's roads in the past month.
That total did not include a truck driver killed north of Wandoan on August 29 or the Brisbane man killed in a crash at Goondiwindi on Saturday.
The 2013 total for the Darling Downs was 24 people, which was 14 more than this time last year.
Inspector Curtin described the crashes as tragic.
"It is a horrific toll for the district," Insp. Curtin said.
"We call on drivers to take into consideration complacency and continue to take the appropriate care and attention, in particular, in your local area," he said.
"Complacency and inattention may be costing lives on our roads."