One of the three tragic victims who died in the horrific overnight car crash in Queensland has been identified as a doting mother of two.
Gypsy Satterley, 25, died in a domestic violence homicide suspect when the car she was in was rammed in the path of another vehicle on Bruce Highway in Federal near Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.
Rafferty Rolfe, 25, of Yandina, who was allegedly in a stolen car that struck her vehicle, is the sole survivor of the three-car collision that occurred around 4am on Friday.
According to police, the stolen Isuzu MU-X was allegedly pursuing a northbound Nissan Navara in which Rolfe’s girlfriend was a passenger.
It is believed that the stolen Isuzu then rammed the Navara into the path of the third vehicle, which was heading south, a Chinese-made Great Wall of China.
Ms Satterley, who is believed to have two daughters aged around 6 and 8, and the 65-year-old man who was driving the Navara both died in the crash, along with Jessica Townley, 38, in the Great Wall vehicle.
Police said the two met at the Navara last night.
Gypsy Satterley, 25, (pictured) died in a domestic violence homicide suspect when the car she was in slammed into the path of another vehicle on the Bruce Highway near Federal near Noosa on the Sunshine Coast became
Rafferty Rolfe, 25, who was said to be in a stolen car that struck her vehicle, is the sole survivor of the three-car crash that occurred around 4am on Friday
Three vehicles were involved in the horrific accident in Federal on the Bruce Highway. Homicide detectives investigate the crash
Investigations are ongoing to determine if he was a Good Samaritan who helped her after she got off the Isuzu earlier.
Ms Satterley’s death is now being treated as a domestic violence homicide.
Rolfe was reportedly known to Queensland Police and was taken to hospital with serious head injuries, where he remains under police protection.
On Friday night he was charged with one armed robbery in connection with the alleged theft of the Isuzu.
His appearance before Maroochydore Magistrates’ Court is scheduled for Monday 24 July.
Detective Superintendent Ben Fadian told reporters, “The white Isuzu tried to ram the Nissan Navara.”
“Consequently this vehicle [Nissan] crossing onto the southbound lanes of the Bruce Highway.’
Police also confirmed on Friday night that Ms Satterley and Rolfe were in a relationship.
In a poignant recent post on Facebook just four days ago, Ms Satterley, also from Yandina, published a poem entitled “Keep Going” about exerting pressure in the face of cruel adversity.
It includes the lines, “No matter how bad things are right now, no matter how many days you’ve cried, no matter how hopeless and depressed you feel…”
‘I promise you won’t feel like this forever.’
In a previous post in late June, she shared another message with the caption, “Rahhh raahhh you’re a dead man.”
The post added, “Sometimes we just don’t really let go.” We’re not really getting anywhere. We just learn to live with the loss. We learn to smile when we’re sad…
“We’re moving on and hoping for the best.”
Gypsy Townley (pictured) is believed to be a mother to two little girls, aged around 8 and 6
In a haunting recent post on Facebook just four days ago (pictured), Ms Satterley posted a poem titled ‘Keep Going’, about exerting pressure in the face of cruel adversity
The crash occurred at Federal, west of Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, as shown on this map
Shocked friends paid tribute to the young mother after news of the tragedy broke.
“She was supposed to be at my house last night but I missed her call and she never showed up,” said one courier post. “There was no tomorrow this time.”
“Her brothers and sisters are devastated as is her mother and father, we are all so shocked.”
“She’s a beautiful person who deserved more than life gave her.’ She never deserved that at all.’
The white Isuzu MU-X vehicle was stolen in a violent car theft in daylight on Gympie’s main street 12 hours before the freeway crash, police said.
An alarm was issued for the vehicle after a man armed with a knife threatened a mother and her three children as the family got into their car.
Terrified mother Bec Alexander got her children out of the vehicle before handing the car over to the robber. She and her children were unharmed.
“I was mugged in the car with three children,” Ms Alexander said in a Facebook post. “A knife was pulled to get the kids and I out, but my car was stolen!”
Police later discovered the stolen car, but the driver refused to stop and fled. The car was not being tracked at the time of the incident.
The owner of the stolen white Isuzu, Bec Alexander (pictured), posted on Facebook at 6.35pm Thursday that she had been pulled over with a knife: “I was mugged in the car with three children.”
Police have confirmed that one of the vehicles involved in the accident (pictured) was allegedly stolen from Gympie around 4.30pm on Thursday
“The tragedy is that three people have now died and this has an impact on their families,” said Chief Inspector Fadian.
Nigel Jones, acting director of the Queensland Ambulance Service on the Sunshine Coast, said it had been a challenging event for all ambulance services.
“The scene was obviously quite confrontational given the forces involved – it was clearly a very high speed incident involving these vehicles,” Mr Jones said.
“So much so that our paramedics are reporting that the two patients were killed on impact and a third patient sadly passed away shortly after.”
The southbound lanes of the Bruce Highway are expected to be closed for an extended period and detours are planned.
Detective Supt Fadian described the investigation as a complex investigation and appealed to anyone who saw the stolen Isuzu to contact the police.
“We are also appealing to anyone who was driving between the Federal and Noosa junctions on the Bruce Highway between 3 and 4 this morning and may have seen the vehicle to please contact Crimestoppers,” said Det Supt Fadian.
The forensic accident department is investigating, no charges have been filed.
The wreckage of a Nissan Navara involved in the accident crashed into a barrier
Timeline of the Brisbane horror crash
* 4:30 p.m.: A man armed with a knife ambushed a mother and her children on Gympie’s main street
* 5:30 p.m.: Police attempt to intercept the vehicle after reports of erratic driving on the Bruce Highway in Curra, north of Gympie. The driver escapes in the vehicle
* The police refuse to start the pursuit
* 9.30pm: Warning for a white Isuzu MU-X, Queensland registration BEC263
* 4 a.m.: Reports of a stolen vehicle attempting to ram the Nissan Navara, being driven by a 65-year-old man with a 25-year-old female passenger, northbound along Bruce Highway near Federal, south by Gympie
* Nissan crossing the southbound lane and colliding head-on with an oncoming vehicle driven by a 38-year-old woman
* Three people were pronounced dead at the scene
* The driver of the stolen car, a 25-year-old man from Yandina, is taken to hospital with serious head injuries
* The motorway remains closed and there are traffic diversions.