Students improving after accident

THE conditions of two recently graduated Kadina High School students has improved after they were hit by a car during schoolies celebrations on the Gold Coast on Monday night.

Tia Lumley-Mancell and David Whitelock were walking across a pedestrian crossing on Main Beach Pde at Main Beach, near Surfers Paradise, when they were hit by a car.

The pair, who attended their Kadina High School formal last week, sustained head and limb injuries.

As of yesterday, the pair had moved into the general ward of the Gold Coast Hospital and were in stable conditions.

The 19-year-old driver of the vehicle has not been charged and Queensland Police said speed was not believed to be a factor in the incident.

Tia, 18, and David, 17, were part of a big group of graduating Kadina High students who booked into a Main Beach hotel on Saturday for a week of schoolies celebrations.

Tia is from Lismore and David is from Corndale.

Despite the horrific accident, close school friend Renee Joslin said the pair was in good spirits.

"David even updated his Facebook status," Renee laughed.

"We are a really solid year so when we found this out, everyone came together and sent their support and love."

Renee, 18, said the accident had shocked everyone.

"Our grade was solid and everyone hung out with everyone.

"David is one of the boys who look after everyone so he would have been looking out for Tia (that night)," she said.

"And Tia is the life of the party. She is fun-loving and adorable.

"To have this happen and hear (Tia) may not be out of hospital until January just breaks my heart."

A NSW Department of Education spokesman said support services were being offered to students at Kadina High School.

 



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