A happily ever after eight years in the making came crashing down on a mother who woke to the tragic news the love of her life was gone in an instant.
A happily ever after eight years in the making came crashing down on a mother who woke to the tragic news the love of her life was gone in an instant.

Dad of four remembered after deadly crash

A "happily ever after" eight years in the making came crashing down on a Townsville mother who woke to the tragic news her partner and love of her life was gone in an instant.

Jemmah Smith, 24, still expected her loving partner Dylan Cahill, 26, to walk through the doors of their Mount Low home after he was killed in a motorbike crash in the early hours of this morning.

Dylan, an adoring father to Indie Rose, Riley, Gage and Cooper, spent his last hours enjoying time with his family at their Aintree Ave home while on his days off from FIFO work at Mount Isa.

Dylan Cahill with partner Jemmah Smith and children (from left) Gage, Indie Rose, Riley and Cooper.
Dylan Cahill with partner Jemmah Smith and children (from left) Gage, Indie Rose, Riley and Cooper.

Ms Smith dozed off to sleep about 10pm and woke to Dylan's sister waking her saying "there's no response, there's no response".

Dylan had set out on his motorbike, but did not make it further than his street when he hit a tree.

Paramedics rushed him to hospital, but Ms Smith knew the moment she was ushered into a private room that her partner wasn't coming home.

Dylan’s motorbike was held at Deeragun Police Station. Picture: Shae Beplate.
Dylan’s motorbike was held at Deeragun Police Station. Picture: Shae Beplate.

Dylan suffered fatal injuries and police were still trying to piece together his final minutes.

The crash scene showed little evidence of a fatal incident, with just some tyre tracks and police paint identifying the area.

Tyre tracks and some yellow police paint was the only signs of a crash at the scene where Dylan hit a tree with his motorbike.
Tyre tracks and some yellow police paint was the only signs of a crash at the scene where Dylan hit a tree with his motorbike.

"You want to think it's all fine … I still expect him to walk in the room," Ms Smith told the Townsville Bulletin.

The pair met when they were teenagers and Ms Smith "fell in love" with Dylan's caring personality straight away.

Their family quickly grew and they were enjoying life as a family of six in their best years yet when the fairytale was shattered.

Dylan Cahill and Jemmah Smith met when they were teenagers and fell in love straight away.
Dylan Cahill and Jemmah Smith met when they were teenagers and fell in love straight away.

Ms Smith, who was staying strong for her children, said Dylan will be dearly missed and their family would keep his memory alive.

"He'd give you the shirt off his back. He was the most loving man," she said.

Dylan was the loving son of Debbie and David, and brother to Sabrina, Duane and David. He also adored his nephew, Kohbyn.

Forensic Crash investigators are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who may have dashcam vision of the tragedy to contact police.

Originally published as Dad of four remembered after deadly crash