Young dad killed in crash leaves inspiring legacy
A MAN who tragically died in a quad bike crash near Kingaroy on Sunday has been remembered as a hardworking family man who overcame his demons and was "protective to the core".
Steve Hankin, 26, was riding a quad bike along Boonenne Ellesmere Road at Taabinga, about 11.50am, when he struck the shoulder of the road and crashed into an embankment.
Mr Hankin was taken to Kingaroy Hospital where he passed away - one day before his beloved wife Stevie's birthday.
His death has torn a hole in the heart of his family, including his five children.
Mr Hankin's father-in-law, Andrew Townes, said Mr Hankin proved what type of man he was when he overcame drugs to become a great husband.
"He was a shining example of redemption and self-reflection," Mr Townes told The Courier-Mail.
"I'm a hard ass with a protective streak. He was hell bent on proving to me and his family he was worth it.
"This is why he was so loved by his massive network of Hankin and Townes families - He didn't judge, he set a standard without being the show off, thrillseeker and (he was an) amazingly funny young man.
Mr Townes believes Mr Hankin's legacy is "just because you made mistakes and used drugs that it's not all lost".
Mr Hankin found himself before a court several years ago for drugs, but after receiving a good behaviour bond he turned his life around, Mr Townes said.
Mr Townes said Mr Hankin was "born on the side of the road in the major intersection bang in the middle of Logan".
From there, Mr Hankin had a tough childhood, but "forced himself into" the Townes' lives and fell in love with his wife Stevie in 2014.
Mr Hankin had planned to take Stevie out for her birthday before the crash happened.
Funeral arrangements are being made by the family.
Originally published as Young dad killed in crash leaves inspiring legacy