Woman killed in Drayton crash a hospital volunteer

Shirley Meehan
Shirley Meehan

THE woman killed in a car crash in Drayton was described as a "strong woman" who volunteered for nearly two decades at Toowoomba Hospital.

Shirley Meehan, 79, died from a head injury after her sedan and a 4WD collided outside Drayton Woolworths just after 11am on Sunday.

Her daughter Andrea Bianchi said Mrs Meehan was a "strong woman" who spent 17 years volunteering her time at the hospital in a variety of roles.

"She originally joined Red Cross that used to do the ante-natal clinic stuff (at the hospital) - they'd have volunteers to cheer up the children," she said.

"Mum was still helping with BreastScreen and she also helped run the hospital book trolley and visited people in their rooms.

"Her diary was still full of what she had to do next week - she just wanted to help other people and loved talking to people."

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service volunteers (from left) Lyn Ham, Shirley Mallet and Shirley Meehan were recognised at the National Volunteer Week Toowoomba awards at QCWA Hall, Friday, May 16, 2014. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle
Shirley Meehan (right) at the National Volunteer Week Toowoomba awards at QCWA Hall in 2014. She's pictured with fellow hospital volunteers Lyn Ham and Shirley Mallet. Kevin Farmer

Mrs Meehan was born in Dalby but spent much of her life in the Toowoomba region, moving to the Garden City in the 1950s.

After she survived three bouts with cancer she started volunteering with BreastScreen to support other women.

"She'd go to the breast clinic and talk to women about to have a breast screen," her daughter said.

"She was a very strong woman, very courageous - she'd had ovarian cancer and a few different medical issues over the years with that.

"She'd had two bouts of breast cancer and a hip replacement.

"My mum was a very strong woman and didn't let anything get her down."

Police forensic team investigate the Drayton crash on Sunday.

Mrs Meehan's death was referred to the coroner as police continue their investigation into the tragedy.

Initial investigations suggest the collision with a larger 4WD vehicle was at low speed at the intersection of Woolworths Access Rd and Brisbane Rd.

Emergency services cut Mrs Meehan from the sedan then transported her to Toowoomba Hospital.

She died a short time later.

Country Patrol Inspector Steven Stewart said the fatal road crash was the fourth in the region since January.

Insp. Stewart said the crash was a sad reminder that any incident on the roads could have tragic consequences.