THE Kongwak community is mourning the loss of a bright and friendly young woman after a fatal car accident on Monday evening last week.
Louise McMillan, 29, tragically passed away after her car collided with an oncoming vehicle at approximately 7.45pm when she was heading north along Inverloch-Korumburra Road.
Police believe she hit a wombat, causing her to lose control of her four door hatch and collide with an oncoming utility vehicle.
Leading Senior Constable at the Inverloch Police Station, Andy Schrape, said that passers-by were on the scene within minutes of the accident occurring.
“A young man and his girlfriend from Inverloch were first on the scene. They waved down another car with two occupants, who helped to break the windows of the four door hatch,” LSC Schrape said.
The son of the driver of the utility vehicle responded to the phone call of his injured parents and quickly arrived at the scene to assist in applying first aid to the young woman.
“These people took advice over the phone from Triple Zero and were instructed on how to help remove the young woman from the car and how to perform CPR.”
The passers-by performed CPR for 30 minutes, whilst also assisting the elderly couple in the utility vehicle.
Despite the admirable efforts of the people helping at the site, Louise passed away at the scene.
It is believed that the wombat Louise’s vehicle struck was already dead, and had been hit earlier in the evening without being moved off the road.
“I highly recommend that if anyone sees dead wildlife or injured animals on the road to please call triple zero and get local services to deal with it,” LSC Schrape said.
Police are still awaiting the results of the mechanical inspections to the vehicles involved, and are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal collision.
The occupants of the utility vehicle, Joyce and Merv Milnes, were taken to hospital in a serious condition.
LSC Schrape said that although she had only been living locally for a short period of time, Louise had made an impression within the community.
“She was a very well-liked person. A lot of people are very upset by this news,” he said.
Louise had moved from Melbourne with her partner to Kongwak, where they hoped to build a life together.
Louise was the founder of Peace Tribe Yoga in Inverloch, where she was passionate about nurturing and teaching others.
“The community has lost a real asset. She was one of those people who was instantaneously a friend. A real caring person. Her family will be struggling at this time, so I encourage those who knew her to offer support to the family.”
The Inverloch Police would like to acknowledge local volunteer services for their assistance at the scene of the accident, and thank them for their efforts.
“The CFA and SES volunteers did such a tremendous job in a difficult setting, as they always do,” LSC Schrape said.
“They assisted with blocking traffic and performing first aid. We wouldn’t be able to manage a job like that without the volunteers.
“They do it for free, and they see the same confronting work as the paid emergency workers.”
Anyone with information regarding the car accident is encouraged to contact the Inverloch Police Station.
Victims of road trauma can contact the Road Trauma Support Services Victoria on 1300 367 797 to receive counselling and support.
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