27 January 2019

Tragic Australia Day at Lake Conjola with two people killed

| Ian Campbell
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Lake Conjola. Photo: Visit NSW.

Lake Conjola. Photo: Visit NSW.

A heartbreaking weekend for a community that has shaped so many happy holiday memories, with a young child and women in her twenties killed in two separate tragic accidents.

The toddler died after being hit by a car yesterday (January 26) afternoon.

Just after 3.40 pm a 17-month-old girl was struck by a vehicle at a caravan park. Emergency services attended, sadly, the girl died at the scene.

The driver, a man aged in his thirties, was taken to Milton Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

Shortly after at around 4 pm, a 28-year-old woman died in a boating incident.

Emergency services were called to the boat ramp on Killarney Road, Lake Conjola, after reports a woman had fallen into the lake from a boat and been struck by the vessel.

The woman was brought to the boat ramp where members of the community performed CPR, however, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The skipper of the boat, a man believed to be in his late twenties, was uninjured and has undergone mandatory blood and urine testing at hospital.

A second man on the boat was also uninjured.

Officers from South Coast Police District assisted by the Marine Area Command will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

A report on both incidents will be prepared for the Coroner, police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incidents to come forward.

Yesterday’s deaths are the second and third this summer at Lake Conjola with a Korean man drowning while snorkelling on Christmas Day.

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I was there for the first accident. I was left there with my grandpa as the rest of my family went home to take care of grandma. We were left to pack up the caravan and be gone by the end of the day. Halfway through we decide to take a break for some afternoon tea. Grandpa was on the phone with mom since she had called to check up with us. I run out of water in my cup so I stand up and hear someone, I look to my left to see a red car, I think it was a Ranger (I ain’t too big on car names and types so I could be wrong) pulling out from where it was parked. By the time I realized what had happened it was too late. I remember seeing only the baby legs and belly since it was a bit obstructed from one of the back wheels on the side of the car that was facing us. I was frozen in place and could only stare. Grandpa eventually noticed what happened and gently pulled me inside. I immediately collapsed behind the bed in the caravan just shaking at what had happened as I could hear the mother screaming for someone to help her baby. I and grandpa waited for the chaos to die down which I think took 3 hrs. At one point an officer came over and asked grandpa whether him and me had seen what had happened but grandpa said no as I stared at the officer. Grandpa just said I was in shock and so was he. after it I went for a walk around the park and came back to be told that the area was a crime scene, I looked over to see a bloody rag. the next day me and grandpa were finally on the road trying to lighten the mood as we were on the way home. We get a call from a friend of his and they were just check-in up on them and they started talking about the accident. She then told us that the baby was dead. The trip home was silent. I then read a couple including this one which confirmed it. I feel really sorry for the family and I hope they’re doing well now.

Monique Starr10:29 pm 27 Jan 21

Its so sad to see a trademark day be remembered on 2121 as a day with so much pain to lose a loved one.
My thoughts are with those families in this tragic time xxxxx

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