THE family of a young woman killed in a horrific 2010 car smash have issued a heartfelt warning to all road users, urging drivers to take care.
The plea came after the two men charged over their daughter’s death were yesterday found guilty by a jury in the County Court at Ballarat.
Speaking of his only daughter, Breanna Willmott, 20 – who’s life was cut short at the hands of two other drivers on July 19, 2010 – Mark Willmott recalled a conversation with his daughter that is now etched in his memory forever.
“I remember on the Friday before this happened and I said to Breanna ‘just be careful on the roads’,” an emotional Mr Willmott said.
“And I said, ‘it’s not you darl, it’s the other idiots you have to look out for’.
“On the Monday she was killed.”
Mr Willmott and his wife Jenny, who sat through every second of the heart wrenching 16-day trial, said although relieved Travis John Dunkley-Price, 37, and Brett James Stevenson, 25, were found guilty, nothing could bring back their daughter.
“It’s hard to know what to feel,” Mr Willmott said.
“This trial has been absolutely shattering for us to sit through ... words can’t describe it.”
Clutching a photo of her beautiful daughter, Jenny Willmott warned all drivers to take care on the roads.
“This happened out of stupidity,” she said through tears.
“People just need to think about what they’re doing on the roads.
“No one should ever have to go through this.”
The family praised the efforts of police and said they wanted to especially thank Detective Leading Senior Constable Simon Cusack, who they said had been an amazing help throughout the proceedings.
Dunkley-Price, found guilty of culpable driving and negligently causing serious injury, stopped his utility in the left-hand lane of the Western Highway at Myrniong about 6.10pm on July 19, 2010, before Ms Willmott stopped behind him.
She was killed when Stevenson, found guilty of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing serious injury, hit her from behind at almost 110km/h.
The two men will re-appear in the County Court at Ballarat on November 22 for a plea hearing.