‘Surreal life’ as Hope's mother relives pain in court

Colourful windmills as a tribute to Hope Dell at the scene of the crash site where she died, Caloundra Road, Caloundra. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily
Colourful windmills as a tribute to Hope Dell at the scene of the crash site where she died, Caloundra Road, Caloundra. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily Iain Curry

RAINBOW windmills twirling in the wind are a sign of the thriving love and support for a young Caloundra woman who died too soon. 

A mountain of faded cards, flowers and mementos have been removed from the crash site at Caloundra Rd where Hope Dell died in December. They have been replaced with the bright tokens of remembrance.

The new memorial for the 17-year-old (pictured) marks the start of a fresh chapter for Hope's friends and family as they face the long court process.

Two teenage men charged with Hope's death had their matters heard in court yesterday.

Courtroom 3 of the Maroochydore Magistrates Court was packed with Hope's friends, family and their supporters to hear what will be one of potentially many court appearances for the two 18-year-olds.

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Hope was killed on December 11 when the car she was a passenger in crashed on Caloundra Rd and struck a tree.

Luke Evan Chesher leaves Maroochydore Magistrates Court.
Luke Evan Chesher leaves Maroochydore Magistrates Court. Contributed

Police will allege the driver, Jameson Mark Routledge, 18, was taking part in an unlawful street race moments before the single-vehicle crash.

He has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, causing death while excessively speeding while taking part in an unlawful race.

The second driver - Luke Evan Chesher, 18, (pictured) who was also travelling in the westbound lanes of Caloundra Rd - was charged with the same offences.

Hope's mother Faye Read attended court yesterday, supported by a large group of family and friends.

On Hope's tribute Facebook page, RIP Hope Dell, Faye expressed her love for her daughter and her heartbreak over re-living those devastating moments again in the courtroom over the coming months.

"I'm not really sure what to expect my darling - will it be a brief court appearance with more dates to follow or will they talk about the accident in detail?" she wrote.

Hope Dell, killed in traffic crash December 17, 2014.
Hope Dell, killed in traffic crash December 17, 2014.

"Either way I'm devastated to be there. I haven't felt more broken in life than how I feel now my love.

"This new life seems surreal, almost as if it's someone else's life I'm living although I'd never wish this on anyone.

"I've replaced all the flowers with windmills for you today - bright colourful windmills that will continually move with the weather - full of life."

Mr Routledge did not appear in court. His lawyer sought an adjournment for a full committal mention on May 25.

Mr Chesher appeared, with the support of his family, and his matter was also adjourned to May 25.

 


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