Brad Garard with his mother.
Brad Garard with his mother. Supplied

Mother's inkling for last goodbye

SOMETHING told Lesley Carlson to say goodbye face-to-face when her son, Brad Garard, left home on the day he died.

Mrs Carlson told Gympie Coroners Court yesterday that she had wished Brad, 19, a good day, and they had kissed and hugged.

Brad Garard died in a fatal crash at the Matilda intersection on May 2 last year as he pulled out of the service station into the path of a passing truck.

His death prompted a major campaign by truck driving safety crusaders Brendan Blatchly and Michael Hogg.

They secured the support of Transport Workers Union state secretary Hughie Williams, along with Gympie state MP David Gibson and Wide Bay federal MP Warren Truss.

Mrs Carlson held back most of her tears as she gave evidence yesterday of her son's sober habits when it came to work, driving and socialising.

She said he frequently went on road trips with friends, and was safety conscious and respectful of road rules.

Accident investigator Gary Martin Ryan gave evidence via mobile phone on his way from Toowoomba to Brisbane, taking the oath by phone on a bible he had in his utility vehicle.

He said that although Mr Garard's car was extensively damaged his examination had shown the brakes were in working order and had been applied before the crash.

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