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Fund set up to cover funeral costs for loved step-dad

FUNDS NEEDED: Caitlyn Polzin, youngest daughter of Teresa Pamenter who was injured in an accident that also claimed the life of her stepfather, outside the Walker Street Take Away that her mum managed.
FUNDS NEEDED: Caitlyn Polzin, youngest daughter of Teresa Pamenter who was injured in an accident that also claimed the life of her stepfather, outside the Walker Street Take Away that her mum managed. Alistair Brightman

DAVID Miller will always be remembered as a man who loved his family, friends and job.

The Maryborough man was tragically killed on Sunday when the truck he was driving was hit head-on by an overtaking car near Gin Gin.

His partner Teresa Pamenter, who was also in the truck, was trapped for three hours before emergency workers could free her.

Step-daughter Caitlyn Polzin said the horror crash has been a massive shock to friends and family in Maryborough.

"David was loved by so many and we all just miss him," she said.

"We will always miss you, mate.

"We'll be looking up at you."

Ms Pamenter was flown to Brisbane in a critical condition but is now on her way to recovering.

Family and friends have set up a Go Fund Me campaign to help raise $4000 for funeral costs.

Maryborough's David Miller and Teresa Pamenter always reached out to others in need.

Now it is their family that desperately needs help and support.

Mr Miller was tragically killed when the semi-trailer he was driving collided with a car about 40km north of Gin Gin on Sunday.

Police believe the other vehicle, a Toyota Camry, crossed to the wrong side of the road, causing the head-on collision.

The 31-year-old driver of that vehicle was also killed.

It took three hours for emergency service crews to free Ms Pamenter from the wreckage of the truck.

But her daughter Hayley said her mother was doing much better after she was initially flown to Brisbane in a critical condition.

Hayley said she and her siblings were holding up well, despite the devastation of losing their stepfather and the serious injuries to their mother.

Yesterday they were continuing to run the family business, Maryborough's Walker St Takeaway, while Ms Pamenter continues to recover in hospital.

Hayley said friends and family had thrown their support behind them and were trying to raise funds to cover the cost of the funeral.

Friend of the family Juelle Evans is spearheading the fundraising campaign in an effort to help cover the costs the family is facing.

"They were a very lovely couple," she said.

"They always helped another in need, no matter what.

"So we thought we would do the same as they would do for us and provide some form of help."

Topics:  car accident, fraser coast, funeral



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