By CRAIG McTEAR
TYNE Nicholson was pondering her days off as she drove home to Woolgoolga on Monday afternoon.
But the effervescent 19-year-old never made it.
Tyne died when her car was crushed under the front of a semi-trailer on the Pacific Highway, Moonee, at 4.15pm.
Only 15 or so minutes earlier, Tyne had farewelled staff at Coffs Harbour's Pet Porpoise Pool, where she was into her fourth year as an integral member of the team.
"I don't normally say goodbye to her, but the funny thing was on Monday afternoon I made a point of saying goodbye and telling her to enjoy what was for her, her weekend," Porpoise Pool marketing manager Jenny Faynes said.
"This tragedy has devastated all of the staff here. Everyone is in a state of shock.
"She was such an outgoing girl who was full of life and who was always on the go.
"She was vital, she was feisty, she was a gorgeous girl with flowing locks of strawberry-blonde hair."
Ms Faynes first met Tyne at CHY-FM radio where the then Woolgoolga High student had taken up a TAFE radio class.
She soon showed a flair for on-air announcing and later secured a job at the porpoise pool, where she was a hit with her show commentary.
Tyne also handled group bookings, dolphin-swim bookings and administration work with ease.
"She had a good grounding here and she was a whizz on computers. She was quick to pick up office work," Ms Faynes said.
"She was mad on horses and had recently bought one. Her dream was to work with animals and she loved being around dolphins, horses and seals.
"She grew up in Woolgoolga and had a good, strong, close-knit family, and a wonderful group of friends."
Her parents, Geoff and Julie, and her younger sister, Jessica, also live at Woolgoolga, as does her boyfriend, Ben.
Details of her funeral service will be announced.