Jemmah Lorraine Cole-Crighton’s last words to her mother before the fatal accident on the Warrego Highway near Toowoomba
The heartbroken mother of a young woman who was killed in a horrific accident involving what was believed to be a stolen vehicle recalled their haunted conversation just days earlier about the thrill of driving a stolen car.
Jemmah Lorraine Cole-Crighton, 24, was driving a 2009 Toyota Camry when he lost control and crashed into a tree on the Warrego Highway near Toowoomba in south Queensland on Friday.
Despite suffering 95 percent of the burns on her body, she managed to crawl out of the fiery rubble onto a nearby hilltop before being airlifted too royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, where she later died surrounded by her parents and siblings.
Heartbroken mum Kelly Cole has broken her silence to pay tribute to her bright, boisterous and bubbly daughter who lived life to the fullest and attempted to turn her life around before it tragically ended.
She admitted that Jemmah loved living on the wild side as she recalled one of their last conversations about the reasons she loved driving in stolen cars.
Jemmah Lorraine Cole-Crighton was living life to the fullest before it tragically came to an abrupt end last Friday morning
“She got into stolen cars but she never stole one,” Ms Cole told the Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley Star.
“She even told me last week, ‘I love the thrill of being in the cars because people drive fast in them… but I would never steal anything from anyone.”
She admitted her daughter had her problems and demons in the past but insisted she had a heart of gold and would never hurt anyone.
“Not a day went by that she wasn’t thinking about other people…even if you had stabbed her in the back and wronged her…she would still go and help you,” Ms. Cole said.
‘She said, ‘I need to put my head down and start focusing and doing the right thing and get these fools out of my life.’
Ms Cole has dismissed claims that her daughter was behind the wheel at the time of the accident, which is still under investigation.
“She was trying to improve. She was trying to fix things in her life that she knew needed fixing,” she told 7news.com.au.
“She would have had a bright future. She worked on it and was determined to turn her life around.”
She also hit back at trolls and keyboard warriors who have blamed the deadly crash with “disgusting comments” about their daughter they didn’t know.
“They need to stop being keyboard warriors and thinking they can post things they have no idea about,” Ms. Cole said.
‘It’s disgusting. Some of the comments I’ve read are just heartbreaking. What if it was one of her family members or her children? Would you like to be told?’
Kelly Cole admitted her daughter Jemmah (pictured) had her struggles in the past but had tried to turn her life around
Jemmah Lorraine Cole-Crighton was driving in the 2009 Toyota Camry before crashing on the Warrego Highway near Toowoomba on Friday
The tragedy shook the whole family, including two biological siblings and five step-siblings.
“Thank you for being the best big sister a girl could ask for until we meet again Jem,” one stepsister posted.
“You fought and persevered as long as you could and I’m so damn proud of you.
More details about Ms Cole-Crighton’s desperate struggle for life in her final moments also emerged on Monday.
“Jemmah was rushed to Brisbane Hospital in critical condition, they worked hard on Jemmah and did their best to keep her with us but unfortunately nothing they did could keep Jemmah with us,” read one online fundraiser set up by the family.
“She was surrounded by her sister, brother, mother, father and all her other family who loved her very much and prayed for her.
“It has and will always affect our family and Jemmah’s close friends and everyone who has had the pleasure of meeting her and seeing her beautiful smile every day and will always see it for the rest of our lives.”
Jemmah (pictured) enjoyed the thrill of driving stolen cars as “people drive fast in them,” but according to her mother, Kelly, she would never steal one
Devastated friends have also gifted Ms Cole-Crighton the ‘wild side’.
“Pleasant on the eyes but girl… you always had a wild side,” one person wrote on Facebook.
“Kindness, passion, trust, faithfulness, loyalty, intelligence, independence and love are the qualities we all admired in you!
“My sincere condolences to your family and I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss!”
A second added: “Rest in peace Jemmah sending love to the Cole and Crighton family love you”.
‘Rip #Jemmahcrighton so young too soon. Will have a drink for you tonight, sister!’ another wrote.
Jemmah was remembered as a bright, boisterous and bubbly girl who lived life to the fullest before it ended tragically
A 20-year-old male occupant in the car was also taken to hospital with serious head injuries and extensive burns.
Queensland Police claimed the car was stolen earlier in the week from the Hooper Center parking lot in Toowoomba three days earlier, on January 10.
Officials claim the car was stolen when the driver of the Camry briefly exited her vehicle with her keys and purse still inside.
The Forensic Crash Unit has urged drivers to come forward if they have footage of the car leading up to the accident.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11640203/Jemmah-Lorraine-Cole-Crightons-final-words-mum-fatal-Warrego-Highway-crash-near-Toowoomba.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Jemmah Lorraine Cole-Crighton’s last words to her mother before the fatal accident on the Warrego Highway near Toowoomba