A family who will spend the rest of their lives without their only son and brother because of a tragic quad bike accident have urged others to hold your children tight, because life is precious and fragile.
Alexander Baxter was 17 when died in a a quad bike accident. He was not wearing a helmet.
“Just be careful because your mums and dads love you and so do your sisters and so do your brothers and so do your cousins, life is precious and fragile and your need to take care of yourself,” his mother Liesl Baxter said.
Alexander was killed in a quad bike accident on the family farm in our Great Southern two days ago, he was just 17.
Found lifeless by his father who says his son was not wearing a helmet.
“He's just going to be terribly missed his talent and his laugh,” Robert Baxter said.
To them Alex was know as Zoom - he was quick on the footy field and wanted to be an electrician.
Now his family is planning his funeral.
According to St John Ambulance, Christmas time is the worst for quad bike accidents — last year 30 people were injured over the holiday period. Most were aged 17 or younger.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is reviewing the safety of quad bikes.
Including whether they should have a roll cage.
“I don’t necessarily want to ban all fun or joy quad bikes are fine in the right environment, I think we have to be careful not to have a knee jerk reaction and say that they’re all bad,” Mrs Baxter said.
This article originally appeared on Perth Now.