'Lovely' nursing student had bright future

JONATHAN CARSON
Last updated 12:58 02/09/2014
Kathleen Mary McInroe
Kathleen Mary McInroe

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A young woman who died as a result of a car crash near the Owen River last month was a "lovely girl" who wanted to help others, a family member says.

Kathleen Mary McInroe, 18, of Ikamatua in Buller, died in Wellington Hospital yesterday.

She was the driver of a car that crashed into an oncoming light truck on State Highway 6 on August 24. Cousin Brian McInroe said she had been driving from Nelson, where she was a nursing student at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, back home to visit family.

"She's been travelling backwards and forwards along that same road every weekend, sorta thing."

Brian said she was a lovely young woman who had a bright future. "You wouldn't have got a more respected girl in the community. That's the part that's pretty shocking to the whole community," he said.

"She was a very attractive girl, well mannered, someone that you would wish that everyone's children would be like. She was just a lovely girl, no one could say a thing wrong about her."

Brian said Kathleen had always wanted to be a nurse like her mother.

"She'd do anything for anyone and that's why she got [into] the nursing side of things.

"I think she had a big future in front of her, especially with her personality. I think she would have gone a long way."

Her immediate family - dad John, mum Anna, and brothers Matthew and Stephen - were said to be devastated.

The 73-year-old truck driver is in an induced coma in Wellington Hospital.

His condition is described as serious but stable.

Police are still investigating the crash and Kathleen's death has been referred to the coroner.

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- The Nelson Mail

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