Fatal crash steals father from unborn child
CALOUNDRA mum Liz Turner's distress was obvious as she gathered the broken pieces of her son's life left strewn by the side of a road.
Her eyes were weighed down on Monday by a night of crying after police had knocked on her door to tell her the worst of news.
Ms Turner's 21-year-old son Cheyne Turner-Goodman, a father-to-be, would not be coming home.
He did not survive the heavy impact of his Holden Commodore ute crashing into trees beside Queen St in Caloundra on Sunday evening.
Mr Turner-Goodman died at the scene.
His passenger, a close mate, was taken to Nambour General Hospital with minor injuries.
Ms Turner was supported by her own mother Beth Dancing Free and one of Mr Turner's close friends on Monday morning as she picked up a pair of black Dunlop Volley safety shoes, some shoe boxes and other items that had been thrown from the ute.
A tree, broken off at ground level, lay across the footpath with pieces of wreckage and debris.
Ms Turner was not sure where her son had been that evening but knew where he was going.
"He was heading to go and change cars over so he could pick up his pregnant girlfriend," Ms Turner said.
She said her son had been "quietly chuffed" after the initial surprise of learning his partner Rebecca Dickinson was pregnant.
Scouring the scene made her feel sick.
"I feel like he's going to say 'it's a big joke mum' and rock up."
Ms Turner said her son had gone on from school at Caloundra and Kawana to become an apprentice carpenter.
He was in the third year of his apprenticeship.
"He was funny and caring and he was strong," she said.
"I'll never be the same again."
Her boy loved rugby league, mixed martial arts, surfing and hanging out with his friends.
Mr Turner-Goodman's grandmother Ms Dancing Free said her grandson would help his friends whenever he could.
"He's a cheeky Aussie larrikin but with a heart of solid gold," Ms Dancing Free said.
"He had a wicked sense of humour."
More friends arrived at the scene as the women continued to pick up Mr Turner-Goodman's things.
They hugged and helped to collect items.
Other passers-by also slowed or stopped to survey the damage.
Police Forensic Crash Unit officers are investigating the cause of the crash.
Officers said initial investigations indicated Mr Turner-Goodman had been overtaking another vehicle while heading west when he lost control of his ute.