Elyse Miller-Kennedy, a 17-year-old Miss Australia finalist, passed away after spending the past week in an intensive care unit due to injuries she suffered from a head-on collision Wednesday night.
The collision, which happened while Miller Kennedy was driving from Mareeba, resulted in her being trapped in the car for two hours before she could be flown to a specialist unit in Townsville so she could be treated for her extensive injuries.
According to News.com.au, the announcement of Miller-Kennedy?s passing was made by family friend Katrina Porter on the fundraising page she had set up to help the family. In the post, Porter said that they are ?absolutely devastated? to share the news of Miller-Kennedy?s passing at the Townsville Hospital Intensive Care Unit. The post also assured fans that Miller-Kennedy passed away surround by ?beloved friends and family?.
Miller-Kennedy, who had acquired her driver?s license just five weeks before the crash, was eulogized by friends, family, and colleagues in the pageant world. A Facebook post by her modelling agency, BLAK Model Management called the Miller-Kennedy?s passing as ?devastating?, while the organizers of Miss Australia wrote ?Elyse will always be remembered for her beautiful soul, charismatic charm and kind heart. Elyse?s inner beauty truly exemplified her outer. Elyse?s potential was limitless; we had faith Elyse would take the title of Miss World in future years.?
Even personalities from her hometown have spoken up about the loss. News.com.au quotes Mareeba Shire Councillor and Dimbulah resident Nipper Brown as saying that Miller Kennedy was ?a great advocate for her town? and that not only was her death a tragedy for her family, but a tragedy for their small town of Dimbullah..
As to the investigation surrounding the crash, authorities are waiting for the other driver involved in the collision to recover from a serious leg injury. So far, investigators are saying that Miller-Kennedy was on the right side of the road, and the possibility of anyone getting charged for the accident will depend on the evidence gathered by the Cairns Forensic Crash Unit.