Brooke’s message: Act on survival instinct
IN BROOKE Pratt's estimation, she should have died in 2006.
Ms Pratt was the sole survivor of a fiery crash at Mountain Creek which killed three people and shook the Coast community.
Joel Doyle, Travis Guerin and Nakitta Deacon perished when the car they were in slammed into a tree on Karawatha Dr about 1.40am on a Saturday.
Ms Pratt, 23, was left with a plethora of injuries, underwent more rounds of surgery and rehabilitation than she cares to count.
She rattles off her injuries with a clinical detachment, but for anyone else it is enough to send a chill up your spine.
"I had lots of surgery, intensive care, in a coma, I was on ventilated breathing for two weeks. Another three weeks in Royal Brisbane Hospital, then to Nambour Hospital for two weeks, Caloundra Hospital for two weeks then I went home and was in a wheelchair for a month-and-a-half before learning to walk again."
If the spiel seems polished, it's because it is and one that Ms Pratt has given many times since the accident.
In a way, road safety awareness has become her life's calling. Initially it was a means of dealing with her grief but she says if she can save just one life then it will be a worthwhile pursuit.
Since 2007 she has been involved in the Safe Driving Awareness Program and a spokeswoman for the cause.
As part of Sunshine Coast Road Safety Week she wants young people to take heed of her story. And she admits a 15-year-old schoolgirl shouldn't be running around in cars with boys she hardly knows late at night.
She says she "had a feeling" that something wasn't right about the situation and with the benefit of hindsight should have refused the ride.
And that's the message she wants to get across.
"The driver was speeding so that's how we crashed.
"If people find themselves in a situation that they know isn't right, don't disregard that feeling or think that it's not going to happen to you, because it can."