The mother of a teenage girl who died in a horrific car crash has remembered her as a ‘strong young woman’ who was taken too soon.
Alyssa Postle suffered serious head injuries when the car she was a passenger in veered off the road and into a power pole in Bray Park in Brisbane’s north on Tuesday night.
The 17-year-old was travelling with friends to KFC after school when the crash occurred, with her family deciding to turn off her life support on Friday.
Alyssa’s mother Cindy Postle posted a heartfelt tribute to her daughter in the wake of her tragic death, remembering her as ‘beautiful, caring and compassionate’.
‘On the 14th of August our beautiful Alyssa was lifted away to heaven,’ Ms Postle’s post reads.
‘She was a passenger in a serious car accident and suffered major head injury. Sadly, the crash triggered a fault that prevented blood and nutrients from entering her brain.
‘Tragically, there was nothing that could be done and she was pronounced brain dead.
‘The painful decision to remove the life support was done today and now she has officially passed on and may no longer be here with us, but she will always be with us spiritually and in our hearts.
‘You are now in a better place. Alyssa was a beautiful, compassionate, caring, loving and strong young woman who had so much to live for and was taken far too soon.’
A Facebook fundraiser has been launched to raise money for the family after the teenager’s death, with more than $57,000 raised.
Alyssa was completing her final year of school at the Christian Genesis School before her young life was cut short.
Staff and students were notified of the tragic news in a letter sent out by the principal on Friday afternoon.
The tight-knit Christian community came together to share their blessings and send messages of condolence to the family.
Tributes have been flowing in across social media for the ‘beautiful person and amazing friend’ while flowers adorn the crash site in a tragic memorial.
‘All our love to you and the family. Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Alyssa may you spread your wings angel,’ one friend said.
‘Alyssa was a beautiful girl inside and out. Sending all of our love to the Postle family and to the other family also affected by this tragedy,’ another friend wrote.
Others described the situation as ‘unimaginable’ and ‘tragic’, struggling to find the words to express their grief over the tragic loss.
‘Devastating and heartbreaking, our thoughts and prayers are with the family, & those involved,’ wrote another friend.
The year 12 student was rushed to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s hospital in a critical condition after the smash.
A witness who was on the scene at the horror single car smash said it was a ‘horrible accident.’
‘We went out there and my husband and one of our friends… we saw one girl, stuck in the front,’ Witness Jamuna Sitaula told Courier Mail.
‘We saw so many people come, police come and ambulances come. She didn’t move.’
Police have urged witnesses or anyone who may have dashcam footage of the fatal crash to come forward.
The driver of the vehicle, a 17-year-old classmate of the the teenager, escaped with only minor injuries.