Matilda, Eathan, Ryan and Joan. Eathan is the only survivor of the crash. Photo: Sunshine Coast DailyThe only survivor a horrific Sunshine Coast crash has turned 12 days after losing his entire family.
Eathan Jackson-Cook is being cared for by relatives after losing his mother and three siblings. His younger sister, Matilda Jackson-Cook, had been clinging to life after the crash, but passed away in hospital overnight.
Matilda was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital after Friday’s crash at Glenview, which had already claimed the lives of her 30-year-old mother Keisha Ann Jackson, and siblings Ryan Jackson-Cook, 10, and Joan Jackson, 4.
Eathan suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Initial investigations suggest the vehicle skidded off the road and hit a tree about 9pm on Friday.
Police believe excessive speed and wet conditions may have been a factor in the crash, which happened at a bend in the road in an 80km/h zone.
Acting Superintendent John Boznjak said the forensic crash unit was continuing its investigation.
“It’s very tragic. [Matilda] was one of the people paramedics tried very hard to save. We were hoping beyond all hope that she would make it,” he said on Monday morning.
“The speed the vehicle was travelling at was a concern and we’ll be looking at that as part of the coronial inquest.”
The results of toxicology tests conducted on driver Keisha Jackson could still be four weeks away, he said.
Acting Superintendent Boznjak said police were yet to speak with crash survivor Ethan and would conduct more interviews with other witnesses in the area.
“We need to to continue to push the message that people need to be mindful of the weather conditions and they need to be mindful of what speed they’re travelling at,” he said.
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