Ollie Stritzke with his dad, Jeremy. Ollie died after he was hit by a car in North Mackay on October 8.
Ollie Stritzke with his dad, Jeremy. Ollie died after he was hit by a car in North Mackay on October 8.

Family speak about toddler's tragic driveway death

IN one moment a Mackay family's world was turned upside down when their much loved blue-eyed, blonde haired little boy died in tragic circumstances.

Ollie was 16 months old when he was hit by a car and died in the driveway of a North Mackay home on October 8 this year.

He was born on June 19, 2015 to Jeremy and Leana Stritzke.

The couple has since moved to the Gold Coast to "follow the sun and find their happy place", Ollie's grandfather Graham Stritzke said.

They are also expecting their second child, a boy to be named Owen, early next year.

Both families said they had watched Jeremy and Leana marry earlier this year, in happier times, at Turners Beach near Lamberts Beach.

"As parents ourselves... to see your own children grieve for their own child, it's unbearable," Leana's mother Colleen Gyde said.

"There's no words that can describe their grief and hurt.

"We've all lost our dreams," Mr Stritzke said.

"Our world, as much as theirs, has been turned upside down."

Ollie was the first grandson and first great grandson for both families.

He will never be forgotten in Mackay as mock orange and gardenia plants were handed to guests at his wake to plant in their gardens.

"I sit on my balcony with my cup of tea and my tree and think of Ollie," Ms Gyde said.

"They can watch the tree grow... and that's Ollie growing, in memory of him."

Ms Gyde believes Ollie's spirit lives on in the kookaburras.

She said Ollie loved kookaburras and she was asked by Leana and Jeremy to paint one of his coffin for his funeral, where more than 200 people turned out to remember him.

"I have two kookaburras that fly in to my place and I feed them," Ms Gyde said.

A kookaburra even visited Jeremy and Leana before their trip to the Gold Coast.

Ollie was named after one of his great grandmothers, who was called Olga.

"He wore it well," his grandfather Mr Stritzke said with a smile.

Friends and family came from far and wide, with people travelling from New Zealand, England and all over Australia to offer support.

The family thanked the businesses which donated food, lighting, tents, seating, plants and general support to them.

Mackay Regional Council, where Ms Gyde works, turned the council fountain blue the week following Ollie's death in tribute.

The family also thanked Mackay emergency services for what they did on the day.

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