Plea for information over fatal crash

JOANNE Warburton lived for her boys, so when her eldest son Nathan needed a hand with his business she didn’t hesitate to volunteer.

She had worked another shift at Warburton’s Bistro, in Hamilton Bowling Club, on Thursday night when she and Nathan finished up and began their journey home in separate cars.

They stopped and had a coffee together then set off for Salamander Bay, when Nathan watched in horror in his rear-vision mirror as a Holden Commodore travelling in the same direction collided with Mrs Warburton’s Mitsubishi Lancer.

The Lancer left Industrial Drive, Mayfield, and hit a pole.

Mrs Warburton, 49, died at the scene.

‘‘I saw every single second of it,’’ Nathan Warburton said yesterday.

‘‘I saw [mum’s car] spin out of control and slam into the pole ... I can’t believe it.’’

Crash investigators are continuing to piece together how the crash occurred and have called for witnesses to come forward.

In particular, they want to talk to the driver and any passengers of a second Holden Commodore that may have travelled behind the first Commodore and Mrs Warburton’s Lancer.

Both Commodores were white.

The male driver of the Commodore that collided with Mrs Warburton’s car was taken to the Calvary Mater Hospital for mandatory blood and urine analysis on Thursday night.

Nathan and his younger brothers Aaron and Luke have become even closer over the past few days.

‘‘She loved us so much that she did everything she could to make sure we were taken care of,’’ Nathan said.

‘‘She really had no life – it was just us boys.

‘‘She was very, very dedicated.’’

Although she had dreams of travelling around Australia and overseas, Mrs Warburton spent the past seven months helping Nathan with the bistro, where he is the chef and manager.

‘‘She did every job under the sun for us,’’ Nathan said.

‘‘She struggled away and gave us the best lives she could.’’

Mrs Warburton lived in the Nelson Bay area for more than a decade and had recently become a grandmother for the first time.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 Newcastle police on 4929 0999.

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