Originally written by ANGELA McFEETERS
A 20-YEAR-OLD woman died when the vehicle she was driving failed to negotiate a bend and it slammed into a power pole on Cape Nelson Rd on Friday morning.
The victim of the 6.05am accident is believed to be Portland’s Rachel Twomey, who was travelling north along the road in a 60km/h zone between Kauri Crescent and Edgar St at the time. However, police would not confirm the victim’s name yesterday. The car came to rest several metres away from the power pole. The road remained blocked for most of Friday while Melbourne’s Major Collision Investigation Unit (MCIU) pieced together the circumstances of the accident. An 18-year-old Portland woman who was in another vehicle in the vicinity of the incident was interviewed on Friday. No-one had been charged for any offences by yesterday morning. The driver’s side of the car had a door ripped away during the incident, and Portland State Emergency Service members removed the back door to assist in removing Ms Twomey’s body from the vehicle. However, there was little that the emergency services could do to assist at the scene beyond controlling traffic, with Ms Twomey believed to have died upon impact. Ms Twomey was the only person in the car when the accident occurred. It was darkat the time and, while there was little or no rain overnight,it was very cold and there may have been fog in that area, because it was on the outskirts of the city according to a witness. Senior Constable Matt Haughton said the incident would be investigated by the MCIU and the coroner. “It was a tragic loss of a young life. We’re shocked every time we go to these sorts of accidents. It’s a reminder that people should not take their driving for granted; be safe on the road,” Senior Constable Martin Flannery said. Police would not confirm whether speed and drink-driving had been factors in the incident. This latest fatality comes just weeks after a Portland woman died some five days after she was involved in a single-vehicle accident on the Portland-Nelson Rd. Gaylene Penwarden was taken to a hospital in Mount Gambier before being airlifted to Adelaide following the incident on March 31. She died on April 4 in the Royal Adelaide Hospital.