Kevin Hyde celebrates his 70th birthday with grandson Cooper in September, three months before his life was changed by a car crash.
Kevin Hyde celebrates his 70th birthday with grandson Cooper in September, three months before his life was changed by a car crash. Contributed

Crash victim fights back

A MAN who almost died in a crash in Jondaryan last month is making his first steps towards recovery.

Loganholme resident Kevin Hyde, 62, suffered a stroke after being involved in a three-vehicle collision on the Warrego Hwy near Jondaryan on December 20.

The crash involved a truck, a car and a semi-trailer.

Wife Judith said Mr Hyde was back on the road to recovery, thanks to the kindness of people in the Toowoomba region.

"He has been in Princess Alexandra Hospital ever since, but is slowly making progress and is ready for a long stay in rehab," she said.

Mrs Hyde said the compassion of two Oakey police officers, Constable Warren Schefe and Senior Constable Chris Brameld, had made the ordeal much easier to handle.

"They have been a wonderful help, ringing me to see if I am coping and to ask about my husband's condition," she said.

Senior Constable Brameld said he was just doing his job.

"But I wish them all the best over the next few months," he said.

Mrs Hyde also thanked tow-truck driver Terry O'Brien, who went above and beyond his duties to help the struggling couple.

"I spend most of each day at the hospital with my husband, and I do not know what I would have done without the help and support of these kind gentlemen," she said.



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