The sole survivor of a horrific car crash that left four university friends dead has been revealed as a Queensland boxing champion.
Lochlan Parker, Katrina McKeogh, Courtney Smith, and Kirsten Van Gorp were sightseeing in a Mazda sedan when they collided with a Volkswagon Amarok ute in Advancetown in the Gold Coast hinterland just after 1pm on Saturday.
Paramedics desperately tried to revive them, but all four died at the scene.
The driver of the Amarok has been revealed to be professional boxer Will Parsons, who suffered shock and minor hip and neck injuries in the crash.
The 31-year-old has been released from Gold Coast University hospital.
He told The Courier Mail it was a miracle he survived.
‘I’m so lucky to still be here and they were super unlucky,’ he said.
Queensland Police told Daily Mail Australia the accident was caused when the sedan driver lost control in wet conditions and smashed into the oncoming ute.
Mr Parsons managed to get out of the car wreck despite his injuries and approached the sedan to try and help the trapped passengers.
‘I was down on my haunches for a bit because of the pain on my hips and back from the seatbelt and the airbag and then I went over and tried to see what I could do but they needed to be cut free,’ he said.
The Queensland super welterweight champion left a message for the victim’s families after the terrible tragedy.
‘I just feel so bad for all their families. Four young people losing their lives like that, it’s just terrible,’ Mr Parsons said.
Andrea McKeogh’s sister Katrina died in the smash.
She posted a heartbreaking tribute after the tragedy, with a desperate plea to other motorists.
‘I don’t even know how to begin to process this,’ she posted on Facebook.
‘All I can say is to keep your loved ones close and to cherish every moment.
‘I loved them all more than I can say and they all had such bright futures ahead of them. Again, I’m in shock and I don’t even know what to say.
‘Take care everyone and please, please f*****g drive safely.’