MY WISH: FIX THE HIGHWAY TO SAVE OTHERS



DIXIE Gibson, 19 (pictured), was returning home to Coffs Harbour last Friday after enjoying a week with her sisters and mother in the Sydney/Newcastle region.

Tragically, her trip ended abruptly at Kew when her car collided with a southbound B-double, making Miss Gibson the latest person to lose her life on the Pacific Highway.

The following is a letter from her father, Peter Gibson:

"IT IS my turn to endure the loss of the most beautiful child in the world ? my own daughter.

Luckily for me she has two older sisters to help me reflect on a daughter's life.

Dixie was full of laughter and happiness, had just completed her first year at university, and was going to become a primary school teacher.

She loved fashion and she often modelled for local charity events and keenly raised money for the Westpac helicopter.

Her love of and for people is reflected by the amazing support that I am receiving.

Dixie simply moved over onto the left-hand shoulder of the road, 'over corrected' and found herself in the path of an oncoming truck. She died trying to get back onto the correct side of the road.

The poor truck driver reacted quickly and braked heavily but did not have enough room to escape the impact. The road was a simple two lanes south of Kew, built and planned many years ago with no centre wire or dual carriageway.

There is dual carriageway not far from the accident site but not where Dixie was killed.

As I go through my grieving emotions, I am amazed at the flood of Dixie's friends, who are often doing the hardest thing in their lives, to come out and visit a very sad situation.

I ask myself if I had given her advanced driver training to improve her skills on correcting a car, or what if she had left five minutes earlier that day, or what if the road was simply divided with a wire rope -? would she still be with us today?

I will bury my daughter later this week and if just one positive can come from this tragedy I hope it is that whoever has any influence in completing the Pacific Highway can make it entirely dual carriageway or simply put a wire divider fence up the centre to prevent vehicles from colliding head on ? this is my wish.

Right now I want to go and build the bloody fence myself. How hard can it be?"



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