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Gympie mourns for crash victim Adrian Robertson

A WONDERFUL, kind, genuine and "cheeky" bloke who had a great love for horses and was a hero to his siblings.

These were just a few of the many outpourings of love and grief from the devastated tight-knit family and friends of Gympie man Adrian "Aid" James Robertson, who was killed in a car accident near Kilkivan in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He had turned 24 on August 6.

His partner, Gympie jockey Billie Rose Derbyshire, 23, rode in the Muster Cup at the Gympie Turf Club on Saturday.

The Gympie Times was unable to confirm yesterday who was travelling in the car with Adrian at the time of the accident, but a 23-year-old woman was taken to Gympie Hospital by a Murgon ambulance unit with non-life threatening injuries.

Adrian was pronounced dead at the scene near Oakview about 3am on Sunday after the car he was travelling west in left the road and hit a tree on the side of the Wide Bay Hwy, about 400m west of the Schollick Rd intersection.

Adrian was a former student of James Nash State High School and a popular "red coat" at the Gympie racecourse.

James Nash principal Darrin Edwards said the high school community was devastated to hear of Adrian's death.

Adrian attended James Nash from 2004-2006.

A popular student, he played in the school rugby union teams, enjoying the extra-curricular activities of school life as much as his classroom requirements.

He left school at the end of Year 10 to take his place in the workforce but would often come to school footy games to watch his younger brothers play.

"As a past student of the school and the older brother of two of our current students the school community has the extended family and friends of Adrian in our thoughts and prayers," Mr Edwards said.

"It is always sad when we are faced with any death but it is so devastating when a life is lost so early.

"The James Nash community offers our support to family and friends at this time of grief."

A Gympie Turf Club spokesman made a similar comment, saying Adrian had been a popular and valuable member of the Gympie racing community on race days and would be sorely missed at the Southside track.

The Forensic Crash Unit was yesterday still investigating the single vehicle crash.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day.

Facebook tributes

Renee Bailey Pure heart of gold RIP you will be missed by many

Annette Baker Yesterday I drove from the M1 highway to Murgon and return. There were three crashed cars along that road with police tape around them. Road accidents cause trauma and heartache in families. So sad.

Vicki Milne Such sad news, rest in peace Adrian, another one taken so young. Our sincere condolences from us ladies in the canteen to all your family & friends xox

Taya Vick Rip Adrian Robertson you will be sadly missed.

Michael Carter (to Adrian's Facebook page) We grew up together for a bit, and now suddenly you're cruelly taken from us, words can't explain the void that will be left in the hearts of your loved ones, and you were a kind soul who had a big heart and you never did anything wrong. It seems like only the other month we were talking on the phone. You'll always be loved and missed, and in the hearts of those who were privileged enough to know the real you.

Lisa Youd Can't find the words, my heart aches for your family. You touched so many lives and the loss is too great. RIP my friend.

Robert Faehr I did not know as much as most people Adrian Robertson but when I first ever came to Gympie you took me in as friend and went out and had some good times sad too see you gone wish the best for the family through this tough time.

Gympie Times

Topics:  gympie hospital, wide bay highway




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