The crash scene at Ridgewood.
The crash scene at Ridgewood. Geoff Potter

Community in mourning after popular teen dies in car crash

THE tight-knit Carters Ridge community is mourning the death of a bubbly 15-year-old who relished the opportunity to be a role model for her three younger sisters.

The rural town, about 20km west of Cooroy, is coming to terms with Amber Jane Stent's death.

A car in which she was a passenger skidded across a wet road, ploughed over an embankment and struck a tree on Saturday morning.

A Carters Ridge resident told The Daily the community of about 400 residents were devastated the Noosa District High School student had died in a car driven by her mother on Cooroy Belli Creek Rd.

"The town is absolutely devastated," the resident said.

"Since Saturday, it's been pretty dismal out here.

"Everyone is really feeling for her family. I think young Amber was a sort of mentor to her little sisters.

"She used to take them into the shop to buy them ice-creams and then take them across to the park to play.

"She was the nicest kid - very bright, very bubbly. Just a lovely kid.

"She and her mum were best friends. She was really her mum's right hand and helper.

"We're just stunned."

Police said Amber's three siblings were in the Commodore station wagon at the time of the crash.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating why her mother veered off the road as the family travelled towards Cooroy.

A male passenger was also in the car at the time.

Noosa District High students who travelled by bus with Amber to school wore blue yesterday as a tribute to their friend.

Principal Chris Roff said her friends were receiving counselling.

"It's hit the kids out here the hardest," the resident said. "It's a small town and they're all very close."



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