Miss World Finalist Passes Away After Horror Car Crash
Elyse Miller-Kennedy, a Queensland Miss World Australia finalist, has lost her fight for life after sustaining fatal injuries in a head on car collision last week.
The 17-year-old was involved in the horror crash Wednesday week ago, where it is alleged two French tourists were driving along the highway on the wrong side of the road.
Miller-Kennedy sustained injuries to her head, chest, arm and leg, with news emerging that she passed away surrounded by family and friends.
The teen had only received her driver's licence five weeks before the incident, but authorities were certain there was no wrongdoing on her behalf.
The crash happened near her hometown of Dimbulah, in Queensland's north, 110km from Cairns.
One silver lining is that Miller-Kennedy was an organ donor and it is believed that she is an eligible candidate to save the lives of others.
The driver of the other vehicle also sustained a severe leg injury and is recovering in hospital.
The woman is yet to be interviewed by police.
Meanwhile, a task force are traveling to Cairns to inspect the two vehicles, to rule out any mechanical fault as the reason for the fatal crash.
Any charges laid will be reliant on the Cairns Forensic Crash Unit's findings.
“Elyse was driving back from the Mareeba direction and was on the correct side of the road,” Senior Constable Lee Chamberlain said.
“Our inquiries show that the two vehicles came together on the Dimbulah-bound lane, so she was where she should have been at the time.”
Current Miss World Australia title holder, Madeline Cowe, spoke out about Elyse's passing and the loss to the community.
“You would never imagine she was only 17-years-old – she was so mature, so fun, so happy and full of life,” she told News.com.au.
“She was a beautiful, amazing girl both inside and out and she could have been or done anything she wanted to.
“I know she had so much she wanted to achieve – she wanted to study law and enter pageantry again – to be 17 and have your life taken away from you, I don’t think there is anything worse.”
Tributes have flooded social media as news spread
Thoughts go out to Elyse Miller-Kennedy's family and friends at this hard time.