Michelle Winstone outside the Ingham home of her cousin Gavin Taylor. Mr Taylor was killed in a freak accident on Monday. Picture: Cameron Bates
Michelle Winstone outside the Ingham home of her cousin Gavin Taylor. Mr Taylor was killed in a freak accident on Monday. Picture: Cameron Bates

Man crushed to death by car leaves behind two kids

Devastated members of a grieving Ingham family with historic links to Hinchinbrook Shire and Taylors Beach have confirmed the victim of a machinery accident this week was Gavin Taylor.

Mr Taylor's cousin Michelle Winstone said Mr Taylor's sister, Charlene Taylor, was too distraught to talk to the Herbert River Express.

Mr Taylor, who leaves behind two teenage children who live in Townsville, was crushed beneath a car he was working on at his parents' home on Danger Camp Rd on Monday.

A visibly upset Ms Winstone said Mr Taylor was born and bred in the district.

She said Mr Taylor's father, "Uncle Bob", was descended from a family that originally lived on one of the outer islands, possibly Orpheus Island, before settling in what is today named Taylors Beach.

Ms Winstone said Mr Taylor, 46, had worked as a truck driver.

She said his untimely passing was a cruel blow for the family.

"None of us are taking it well at the moment, none of them are really open to talking."

She said Mr Taylor was a good person.

"He was a good bloke, he was funny, he was well liked, well loved, had a great sense of humour, very family orientated, called a spade a spade really, that's the kind of bloke that my cousin was."

Mr Taylor was believed to have asphyxiated beneath his vehicle, which had somehow come off two steel ramps in the backyard of his father's home.

His father is understood to have found the body.

Ms Winstone said Uncle Bob, a former Hinchinbrook Shire Council worker, was not taking the tragic death well.

"Not well at all," she said outside the Taylor family home on Griffith Street.



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