A young woman has tragically died in a car crash just days before a dream overseas holiday where her boyfriend was planning to propose.Georgia McDonal
A young woman has tragically died in a car crash just days before a dream overseas holiday where her boyfriend was planning to propose.
Georgia McDonald, 30, from Ferntree Gully in Melbourne‘s south-east, was driving home from her university in Wagga Wagga, NSW, on Friday where she had just six weeks left before graduating as an oral health therapist.
She was was involved in a collision with a silver Chevrolet ute in Glenburn, just 45 minutes from home, and died as a result of her injuries.
Her partner, Tom Van Staveren, was set to pick up her engagement ring on Saturday ahead of the pair flying out for a romantic trip to Bali on Sunday where he was set to drop to one knee.
Georgia McDonald (pictured left) tragically died in a car crash driving home from university on Friday – just days before boyfriend Tom Van Staveren (right) was set to propose to her on holiday in Bali
Ms McDonald was involved in a collision with a ute just 45 minutes away from her home in Melbourne’s southeast
Family and friends have started a GoFundMe to pay for the funeral costs for the young woman who was remembered as ‘beautiful, intelligent and kind-hearted’.
‘Georgia was soon to be proposed to by Tom on their holiday in Bali, he was picking up her perfect engagement ring on Saturday morning before flying out on Sunday,’ Tallula Galea posted on the online fundraiser.
‘This is what made the romantic holiday so much more exciting for her. Georgia was six weeks away from graduating as an oral health therapist, which was her dream, she already had a job lined up at a clinic she worked at for 10 years.
‘She worked so hard, excelling in her grades, her teachers said she was ‘exceeding expectations’, and her patients loved her.’
Family and friends have started a GoFundMe to pay for the funeral costs for Ms McDonald who was remembered as ‘beautiful, intelligent and kind-hearted’
The fundraiser has already seen more than $20,000 in donations as the local community and strangers rally around Ms McDonald’s loved ones.
‘The response has been over-whelming, the target has been reached, all excess funding will go towards Rachel, Georgia’s mum. To support Georgia’s dream, allowing her mum to retire,’ Ms Galea wrote.
‘Georgia’s beautiful family and friends, she loved you all so much. Georgia has left behind so many people that loved and adored her, for her beautiful smile, and constant laughter.
‘Georgia’s love did not discriminate, she shared her love with anyone and everyone. The impact she made on everyone who she crossed paths with will never be forgotten.’
Her heartbroken boyfriend also posted a short message asking people to help them farewell the the love of his life appropriately.
‘With the sudden and tragic passing of my soon-to-be fiance, Georgia, I kindly ask for your generosity in helping cover the costs of her memorial instead of giving flowers so that we can provide my gorgeous girl the send off she deserves,’ Mr Van Staveren said.
She had been studying to be an oral health therapist and was just six weeks away from finishing her qualification
The 42-year-old man who was driving the ute stopped after the crash and was not injured.
Victoria Police confirmed they are currently investigating but charges have not yet been laid.
‘The exact circumstances surrounding the collision are yet to be determined and the investigation is ongoing,’ police said in a statement.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has dashcam footage is urged to contact police.