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Friends beg for tribute

Kaitlyn Nielsen.
Kaitlyn Nielsen.

A SIMPLE cross, a photograph and an off-red coloured lipstick have been placed on the side of Alexandra Pde as a tribute to Kaitlyn Nielsen.

Friends mourning her tragic loss hope they will be allowed to keep the tribute up as a permanent reminder of the popular Rosemount 20-year-old who died while crossing the road on Friday night.

The cross had already been adorned with flowers yesterday.

IT HAS also become a gathering point for those, like 22-year-old Kane Sauzier, battling to come to terms with what happened.

Kane was with Kaitlyn and a group of friends on Friday night.

They were celebrating his 22nd birthday.

"My birthday doesn't matter much now in light of what happened," he said.

"She's been my friend for years - we used to live together."

Kane said they had been at the Alexandra Headland Surf Club when one of the party remembered he had forgotten "his keys in Kaitlyn's car".

They had run across the road to fetch them.

It was understood that Kaitlyn was running back when she was struck by a car.

Police tried desperately to revive her at the scene, but she died while being transported to Nambour General Hospital.

Forensic Crash Investigators who were working at the scene yesterday say the 17-year-old driver was not to blame.

Kane said friends held a barbecue in the park on Sunday and were relying on each other for support.

"I so hope we can keep the cross up, or put up something else as a permanent reminder," he said.

"It should be a reminder to everyone who walks past who Kaitlyn was and how easily something can happen. We are really worried the council or someone will take it away. We want to remember her and show our support.

"We are a group of close friends, we've never had a death before.

Kane said the lipstick had been placed on top of the cross as "it was Kaitlyn's favourite colour".

"She liked her red lipstick with her red hair. I'm hoping it won't be vandalised."

A Main Roads spokesman said Alexandra Parade was managed by the State Government and not the council.

The department has clear guidelines on the placement, size and appropriateness of roadside memorial, but they were also judged on a "case-by-case basis".

Topics:  fatality, memory, sunshine coast


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