Saving car crash victims costs ‘hero’ dad his life
EDITORS NOTE: SOME MAY ASK WHY I RE-POSTED THIS STORY ON FEDERALJACK. I DID IT BECAUSE THE MAN RISKED HIS OWN LIFE TO HELP OTHERS, ASK YOURSELF HOW MANY WOULD HAVE DIED HAD HE NOT PULLED THEM OUT BEFORE THE SECOND CAR HIT? ALAN TURKINGTON DESERVES SOME NOTORIETY FOR GIVING HIS LIFE IN THE COURSE OF SAVING OTHERS. I HOPE HIS COURAGE AND HUMANITY TOWARDS OTHERS INSPIRES PEOPLE TO LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER, WE ARE ALL HUMAN. TO YOU MR. TURKINGTON I SAY: BRAVO ZULU & FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS.
(BLAIR ENSOR) Alan Turkington rushed to save three people from a car crash on Australia’s Gold Coast on Wednesday night – but the act of heroism cost the New Zealand-born chef his life.
Blenheim man Steve Turkington said his father was walking home from a pub in Mudgeeraba when he came across a black car that had crashed into a barrier about 8.30pm.
He rescued two children, aged five and six, from the car before he tried to help the driver.
However, another car drove around the corner, failed to see the crashed car and “ploughed into the passenger’s side”, Mr Turkington said.
The impact pushed the car sideways, “catapulting Dad” into the air, he said.
His father was rushed to hospital with serious head injuries.
Mr Turkington’s mother, Irene, phoned him at 6am the next day to tell him about the crash. At that stage, his father was stable, but the 58-year-old’s condition deteriorated rapidly.
Mr Turkington and his sister, Corinne Turkington, also from Blenheim, flew to Australia to be at their father’s side.
Doctors turned off his life support on Friday about 9.30pm.
“It’s absolutely devastating. He’s been taken away far too early,” Steve Turkington said.
“I just think he’s a hero. I’m very proud of what he’s done. He’s saved two kids and he’s continued, because someone has received his heart and is doing well.”
The driver who crashed into the car, Eric Cairns, 61, was a nurse, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
“Instead of helping people at work last night, I’ve injured someone,” Mr Cairns told the paper before Alan Turkington’s death.
“Emergency lights suddenly lit up a black car that I could not see,” he said.
“I just feel so bad about the man.”
Steve Turkington said the family did not blame Mr Cairns for the crash.
“It was a pure accident. Apparently, there are a lot of accidents in that stretch of road.
“[Mr Cairns] is just distraught.”
Police had not laid any charges, he said.
Mr Turkington said his father was born in Tawa. He joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force about 1969 and worked as a chef at Base Woodbourne, near Blenheim, for most of his career.
After he left the air force, he worked as a cook on the Interislander ferries before moving to Western Australia to take up a job as a chef on an oil ship in 2001.
He shifted to the Gold Coast in 2005.
Mr Turkington said the family planned to hold his father’s funeral in Mudgeeraba tomorrow.
He would be cremated, and his ashes brought home for another funeral in Blenheim next week.
– The Marlborough Express