Crash victim was a kind volunteer

GILLIAN Harman, the woman killed in the crash involving a police vehicle in Armidale, had just spent a month volunteering in flood-affected Queensland.

The 48-year-old, who died at the scene of Wednesday night’s horror accident, has been described by her mother as ‘unfailingly generous’.

Police said the officers involved were rushing to an urgent domestic situation where a man was armed, when the vehicles collided on the corner of Newton and Faulkner streets just before 6pm.

The two policemen freed themselves from the wreckage and tried to help Ms Harman, but she died a short time later.

Ms Harman’s parents, Janet and Kevin, who live near their daughter in Guyra, were later paid the police visit that every parent dreads.

“You don’t expect to be burying a daughter, it should be the other way around,” Mrs Harman said.

“Two policemen came to our house to tell us about our daughter. They were on a call-out to a domestic incident; they were rushing to get there and had a collision with our daughter,” she said.

Ms Harman was a ‘very loving aunt’ to six nieces and nephews, her mother said.

She worked for Centrelink in Armidale and answered the call for help volunteering in the flood-hit Queensland towns of Dalby and Chinchilla.

The family said she returned home to Guyra late on Sunday and was back at work on Monday.

New England Local Area Commander Superintendent Bruce Lyons said police did everything in their power to save her.

“Police at the scene tried to resuscitate (her) but sadly she died,” Supt Lyons said.

He said other officers responded to the urgent domestic situation following the accident.

A Critical Incident Investigation Team from the Barwon Local Area Command is examining all of the circumstances surrounding the incident.



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