A three-year romance between two young lovers has come to an end and a baby girl has been left without a father after a horror car crash.
Couple Tamzyn Rodda, 21, and Slayde Collins, 24, were hurled through the front windscreen of their Toyota Hilux after Mr Collins lost control of the car on Chambers Flat Road in Logan in Brisbane’s south just before 1.30am on Sunday.
Mr Collins, a dedicated father to the couple’s two-year-old daughter Grace Marie, died at the scene.
Meanwhile, mother Ms Rodda was critically injured and taken to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital, where she battled for her life.
Ms Rodda’s friend Nicole Fitzpatrick set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Grace on Tuesday while her mother struggled to survive in hospital.
Tamzyn Rodda, 21, (left) with her partner Slayde Collins, 24 (right). The pair were thrown through the windshield of their Toyota Hilux as it rolled on Sunday
Mr Collins holding his two-year-old daughter Grace Marie. Mr Collins died in the crash and Ms Rodda was taken to hospital, while young Grace faced the prospect of becoming an orphan
‘This is a very tough time for Tamzyn, Grace and obviously all Slayde’s and Tamzyn’s family and friends,’ Ms Fitzpatrick told The Courier Mail.
‘I can’t even imagine how she will feel when she wakes up to find out she has lost her love.
‘It brings tears to my eyes to even think about the hurt she will feel.’
Ms Rodda was revealed to be in a stable condition on Tuesday but still remains in intensive care at hospital.
Ms Fitzpatrick’s GoFundMe page for Grace and Ms Rodda reportedly raised more than $1,900 in a few hours.
The raised funds will go towards Mr Collins’ funeral, Ms Rodda’s medical bills and to look after little Grace, according to her family.
The couple publicly displayed their affection when Mr Collins updated his Facebook profile picture (pictured) to one of himself with Ms Rodda last month
Now that Mr Collins has passed away, his romance with Ms Rodda has tragically and abruptly come to an end.
Ms Rodda and Ms Collins first met each other in 2017 and began dating shortly after before Grace was born.
Logan local Aaron Lecomber said the couple were were well known among his friends and very ‘obviously’ in love.
The couple publicly displayed their affection when Mr Collins updated his Facebook profile picture to one of himself with Ms Rodda last month.
‘I love you,’ Ms Rodda commented, prompting Mr Collins to reply: ‘Love you.’
Tamzyn taking a selfie with baby Grace Marie. The family is now rallying around the pair
It is believed Mr Collins and Ms Rodda were dropping two friends home when their vehicle rolled near a notorious blackspot and they were flung through the windshield on to a grassy verge in front of a Chambers Flat property.
Local resident Colin Chapman came out of his house to find the terrible scene and said he held Mr Collins in his arms as he died.
Mr Collins’ partner Tamzyn had been sitting in the front passenger seat at the time of the crash and was critically injured.
She was rushed to the intensive care unit of Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital.
On Monday she remained in intensive care in a stable condition with injuries to her head and pelvic region.
The couple’s two-year-old baby daughter Grace Marie is being cared for by family members as relatives and friends rallied around the young family.
Tributes poured in for the devoted young father from devastated family and friends as news of Mr Collins’ death spread.
Tamzyn Rodda (pictured left) was in a stable condition in intensive care on Monday with head injuries. Her beloved partner Slayde Collins (right) was killed in the crash
‘Watching you grow into a young man, an amazing dad to Grace, a hard worker and larrakin was an absolute pleasure,’ wrote Carly Downer.
‘My heart is broken to see such a wonderful, kind-hearted soul gone too soon – you will be forever missed Slayde Collins.’
Logan resident Aaron Lecomber who shared a circle of friends with the couple said the tight-knit community had been deeply hurt by the tragedy.
‘It’s a difficult time because everyone knows each other through mutual friends,’ he told the Courier Mail.
The community had not yet recovered from the loss of Aaron Young last month, who was killed while loading a trailer in Beenleigh.
Mr Collins’ devastated mother Mel Collins, grandmother to Grace, posted a beautiful photo on Facebook of her son cradling his newborn daughter, along with a photograph of Slayde with his motocross bike.
‘My baby doing what he loves,’ she wrote.
There were two other women in the Toyota Hilux at the time of the crash, one aged 25 from Holmview and one aged 19 from Crestmead.
Slayde Collins taking his tiny baby daughter Grace for a walk along the beach. Family members described Slayde as an amazing father and a kind-hearted, gentle soul
The Toyota Hilux pictured after the horrific accident at Chambers Flat on Sunday
Both suffered minor injuries and were treated by paramedics at the scene, police said.
The crash happened on Chambers Flat Rd on a curve near Kenny Rd, a blackspot near where a 27-year-old man died last year when his motorcycle collided with a car turning into Isla St.
Logan City Council has reviewed the speed limit on the street a number of times and residents have been calling for the road to be fixed.
Residents will meet Council officers on Wednesday to discuss the issue, The Courier Mail reported.
The crash brought Queensland’s road toll to 117 with five fatalities in just 48 hours.
Police from the Forensic Crash Unit are investigating and have asked anyone with information to please contact Queensland police.
Emergency services at the scene of the fatal crash