'The pain is still raw': Plea to drivers after dad's death
LILLY Guaresi will never be the same person that she was before the death of her dad, Joseph.
Joseph is one of 14 people who have died on Burnett roads this year.
"I can't speak for my brothers Jimmy and Jordan but for me losing my father so unexpectedly like that was like losing part of me," she said.
"I will never be the same person I was before he was taken from us, but that is ok.
"The pain is still so raw and I know grief takes time."
Joseph, 63, died in a collision on May 29 when his utility collided with a truck's trailer on Reedy Creek Rd near the intersection of Benair Rd at Benair after he failed to stop at a stop sign.
His death has changed the way Lilly drives and she is urging every driver to look out for each other and themselves on the road because it only takes one wrong move for everything to change.
"I think the most noticeable thing dads death had on my driving is I'm a little more scared but safer than what I was. I'm definitely a lot more cautious and alert," she said.
"You only get one life. Get yourself and your passengers home safely to their family. Don't speed, wear your seat belt, don't use your mobiles whilst driving , drive to road conditions, be aware of your surroundings."
Queensland police are constantly driving home the message of road safety but Lilly said she didn't know believe motorists were taking the message on board.
"Are we understanding the messages? Obviously not, because still so many people continue to lose their lives on the roads," she said.
In May, 12 people lost their lives on roads in the South Burnett and North Burnett, over 22 days, which was the total road toll for the region for 2018.
Three people under the age of 30 died on South Burnett roads on May 7, the second day of National Road Safety Week.
A 24-year-old man and 23-year-old woman died in a single-vehicle crash in Upper Yarraman, after the driver of the utility lost control and crashed into a tree.
A 30-year-old South Burnett woman died after her twin-cab ute left the road, hit trees and burst into flames just before 11pm on the Burnett Highway near Goomeri.
On May 17 a 31-year-old man died in a truck roll-over northeast of Monto.
On Sunday, May 19, a 37-year-old Weranga man died after his vehicle crashed into a tree in Durong.
A 43-year-old motorbike driver died after he struck a ute on Haly St on Thursday, May 23.
On Monday, May 27 a woman and her four children were killed in a head-on collision between a truck and a vehicle on the Bunya Highway in Kumbia.
The driver, 35-year-old Charmaine Harris McLeod from Eli Waters at Hervey Bay, and her four children, all aged under six, were pronounced dead at the scene.
While Lilly no longer lives in the South Burnett region she said it was hard to understand how so many lives were lost in such a short time.
"I still can't get my head around why and how so many people lost their lives in such a small amount of time. Do we not advertise road safety enough on TV, on the radio, in the magazines and newspaper?" she said.