Grace Thompson's family struggles for closure after Braeside

THE traumatised family of Grace Thompson, the Stanthorpe woman killed in a Braeside car crash in June 2010, was too scarred to continue the legal process.

Judy Wills, the frustrated eldest daughter of Grace and Bruce Thompson, said the trial of Tanya Marie Smith (the woman accused of being responsible for the crash) had left a permanent mark on her family.

"Dad felt there was no point in going through the process for the second time," Mrs Wills said.

"Twelve new jurors couldn't hear the whole truth or the entire day's events.

"They couldn't hear that she had been drinking that day, but wasn't breath-tested by police."

Mrs Wills said Smith's July trial, which resulted in a hung jury, had left a permanent mark on all her family, particularly her father.

"He wakes up thinking about it in the night and we'll all carry it for the rest of our lives," she said.

"It's been very, very traumatic for all of us."

Mrs Wills said she always expected that Smith, 41, would escape conviction.

"None of her previous history could be used," she said.

"The jury just saw a woman in the dock crying."

Mrs Wills said her family had walked away from the legal process with little closure.

"That's as much closure from the legal side of things that there will ever be," she said.

"It's really hard to put in to words."


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