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‘Taken too soon’: 16yo killed in horror crash

A 16-year-old boy who was killed in a rollover on a regional Queensland road on Monday night was about to become a father to twins. Brock Daniel, from Bundaberg, was a passenger in a car with three other teenagers when the car travelling north on Dalby Cecil Plains Road, west of Toowoomba, left the roadway…

A 16-year-old boy who was killed in a rollover on a regional Queensland road on Monday night was about to become a father to twins.

Brock Daniel, from Bundaberg, was a passenger in a car with three other teenagers when the car travelling north on Dalby Cecil Plains Road, west of Toowoomba, left the roadway and rolled several times at 10.30pm last night.

The other occupants of the vehicle, an 18-year-old female drivers, a 19-year-old male passenger and a 16-year-old female passenger all sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The two females were taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Mr Daniel’s uncle Dallas Bamberry set up a GoFundMe account on Tuesday morning, asking generous donors to help make “this nightmare a little easier for the family” and bring the young man home to his family and friends.

“A beautiful 16-year-old boy, a son, a sibling of six, a twin brother, and as life would have it, was soon to be a father to his own twins,” Mr Bamberry wrote.

“A young man who was full of life, was young and free, always happy to help others.

“We are beside ourselves at the moment as this is an extremely hard time … At no point in our lives should we be having to do this.”

Mr Daniel has shared a photo of himself holding ultrasound pictures on September 10.

Within two hours of being created the GoFundMe page had already raised more than $2200.

Mr Bamberry said Brock was “adamant about becoming a dad”, adding all the funds raised will be going to his funeral and to help look after his children when they are born.

“I want to raise some funds to assist with funeral costs and ongoing support for the family and his young family who are now going to be without a father, so please help make this nightmare a little easier for the family,” he wrote.

“We are grateful for any little bit, we are beside ourselves at the moment as this is an extremely hard time. At no point in our lives should we be having to do this.”

Tributes have been flowing in for the 16-year-old after news of his death broke last night.

Scott Daniel wrote on Facebook: “I cannot believe this is real! Taken way too soon Brock Daniel. Much love little cuz rest in paradise now.”

One of Brock’s friends, Jack Spicer, said the teen would be “missed by so many”.

“Rip brocky taken way too soon brother love you so much you will be missed by so many. I’ll be thinking of you bro until we meet again love you bro.”

Another friend, Trinitii Vanbrugh, said Brock “lit up the room” and “made everyone laugh”.

“I just keep thinking of me, you & Shanelle playing murder in the dark in the middle of the night all the time & fully getting into each other & when we stayed in Brisbane & you got upset so you walked out of the hotel, & I came to find you AND SOMEHOW you were the one that ended up buying me Krispy Kremes to make us both happy, you’re a beautiful soul,” she wrote.

Shanelle Swift also paid tribute to Brock in a long Facebook post, describing him as the boy “who always made us weak to the knees”.

“Words can’t explain how we are feeling right now. (There) was never a dull moment with you,” she wrote.

“When I spoke to him today he said he’s gonna embarrass me so hard for my birthday in 8 days and to think he can’t now is hurting me. It literally feels like I can’t breathe

“And as Brock Daniel would say ‘I’m not scared of anyone’. RIP my little angel.”

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