POLICE are probing all factors in the leap-up to a fatal crash that killed a popular Quirindi teen, as donations pour in for her family.
Shonae McCabe died on Sunday morning despite the frantic efforts of emergency services who rushed to help the 19-year-old after her car veered off the Werris Creek Rd at Duri.
Family and friends have taken to Facebook to post emotional tributes to the teen who had “the biggest heart” and was described as a “caring, gorgeous girl”.
Ms McCabe’s sister posted a heartfelt tribute to her “sister, my best friend, my whole world”.
You may be gone but never forgotten ... I feel like I’ve lost a whole part of me. Our special memories will be forever in heart.Sister Stephanie McCabe
“You may be gone but never forgotten ... I feel like I’ve lost a whole part of me,” Stephanie said online. “Our special memories will be forever in heart.”
A GoFund me account has been set up to help the family with more than $4,000 in donations by Monday afternoon.
Oxley police are continuing to piece together the moments before the crash, 2km south of Duri, about 6.40am.
While initial investigators believe Miss McCabe’s car hit a duck on the road, a spokesperson for Oxley police told The Leader officers were probing all factors including speed, mobile phone and driver distraction as they prepare a report for the coroner.
The crash comes nine days after Daphne Pepperell was killed on the New England Highway at Moonbi.
The 82-year-old died en-route to hospital after the head-on crash and was laid to rest at a ceremony in Tamworth on Monday morning.
On Monday, police made an appeal to stay safe on the roads with new figures revealing three times as many people have lost their lives on rural roads compared to Sydney.
Police said a horror few days on the roads meant the rural road toll now stands at 152, compared to 49 in the Sydney metropolitan area.