Toowoomba teen's death shatters family, club
THE tragic death of rising Toowoomba football star Lachlan Percy has left a family and club shattered.
Mr Percy, 17, was killed when the twin-cab ute that he he was travelling in crashed on the New England Hwy on the outskirts of Toowoomba early Saturday morning.
Two other men in the car at the time, a 19-year-old and a 21-year-old, were taken to Toowoomba Hospital with serious injuries.
The driver lost control of the twin cab ute the men were travelling in, which then slid sideways about 50m before hitting the tree.
Lachlan, a passenger, was thrown from the ute on impact.
Lachlan debuted for the club's senior side in 2014.
South West Queensland Thunder released a statement on Saturday night describing Lachlan as a "prominent and well-respected member" of the club's youth mean's team.
On Sunday afternoon, Lachlan's team mates took the field against the Western Pride.
It was in a "mark of respect for their teammate", according to the Thunder's Facebook page.
The announcement was met with an outpouring of support.
"You've got Central Queensland's support," Lila Muir said.
"Go get 'em boys! For Lachlan.
"I'm sure he would be proud of you all no matter the outcome."
"Boys you are brave and awesome," Gayle Dixon said.
"We will be there to cheer you on and support you all the way."
On the South West Queensland Thunder's Facebook page, hundreds paid their respect to Lachlan and his family.
"Such terrible news. Wishing no parent or family ever had to go through this. Our condolences," Julie Stevens said.
"Devastating news, deepest sympathies to Dan and his family, the Football community is here for you," Patrick Tammy Wilson said.
"This is devastating. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with the families at this time," Jessica Marwood said.