Five chilling words a young woman with a ‘wild side’ told her mum just hours before her death when she crashed a ‘stolen car’ that burst into flames and left her with horrific burns: ‘I love the thrill’
The heartbroken mother of a young woman killed in a horrific crash involving an allegedly stolen vehicle has recalled their haunting conversation days earlier about the thrill of fast cars.
Jemmah Lorraine Cole-Crighton, 24, was behind the wheel of a 2009 Toyota Camry when she lost control and crashed into a tree on Warrego Highway near Toowoomba in southern Queensland on Friday.
Despite 95 per cent of burns to her body, she managed to crawl from the fiery wreckage and up onto a nearby hill before she was airlifted to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where she later died surrounded by her parents and siblings.
Heartbroken mum Kelly Cole has broken her silence to pay tribute to her bright, boisterous and bubbly daughter who lived life to the fullest and was trying to turn her life around before it tragically ended.
She acknowledged Jemmah loved to live on the wild side as she recalled one of their last conversations.
Jemmah Lorraine Cole-Crighton was living life to the fullest before it tragically came to an abrupt end last Friday morning
‘She would get into stolen cars, but she never stole one,’ Ms Cole told the Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley Star.
‘She even told me last week, ‘I love the thrill of being in the cars cause people go fast in them … but I would never steal anything from anybody.’
She admitted her daughter had her troubles and demons but insists she had a heart of gold and would never hurt anyone.
‘Not a day went past where she didn’t think of other people … even if you stabbed her in the back and did wrong by her … she would still go and help you,’ Ms Cole said.
More details about Ms Cole-Crighton’s desperate fight for life in her final moments also emerged on Monday.
‘Jemmah was rushed to Brisbane hospital in a critical condition, they worked hard on Jemmah and tried their very best to keep her with us but unfortunately nothing they did would keep Jemmah with us,’ an online fundraiser set up by the family states.
Kelly Cole admitted her daughter Jemma had her troubles in the past but had been trying to turn her life around
‘She was surrounded by her sister, brother, mother father and all her other family her loved her very much praying for her.
‘It has and always will affect our family and Jemmah’s close friends and anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her and seeing her beautiful smile everyday and will always see it for rest of our lives.’
Jemmah Lorraine Cole-Crighton was driving the 2009 Toyota Camry before it crashed along the Warrego Highway, in southern Queensland, at 2am on Friday
Devastated friends have also paid ‘wild side’.
‘Beautiful to the eyes but girl .. You always had a wild side,’ one person wrote on Facebook.
‘Kindness, passion, confidence, faithfulness, loyalty, intelligence, independence and love are the qualities that we all admired about you!
‘My sincere condolences to your family and I am so sorry to hear this tragic loss!’
A second added: ‘Rest in peace Jemmah sending love to the Cole and Crighton Family love yous’.
‘R.i.p #Jemmahcrighton so young to soon. Will have a drink for you tonight sister!’ another wrote.
A male passenger in the car aged in his 20s, was also rushed to hospital with serious head injuries and extensive burns.
Queensland Police alleged the car had been stolen earlier in the week from Hooper Centre car park, in Toowoomba three days eaelier on January 10.
Officers allege the car had been stolen when the driver of the Camry briefly left her vehicle with her keys and handbag still inside.
The Forensic Crash Unit has urged drivers to come forward if they have footage of the car in the lead-up to the crash.