A heartbreaking note left at the scene of Andrew Symonds’ car accident is yet another example of the pain being felt around the world.
Andrew Symonds’ sister wrote a heartbreaking note left at the scene of his car accident as the world mourns the loss of the Australian cricket legend.
The 46-year-old man was killed Saturday night when his vehicle skidded off the road and flipped outside of Townsville. Bystanders who heard the crash rushed to help him but were unable to save him.
Symonds’ sister, Louise, visited the scene of the tragedy on Sunday and posted a handwritten note expressing her sense of loss.
“He left too soon!” the note said. Rest in peace Andrew.
“I wish we had one more day, one more phone call.
“My heart is broken. I will always love you my brother.”
Queensland Police are investigating the accident and will prepare a report for the coroner.
Channel 9 reporter Mia Glover told FIVEaa radio on Monday morning that she can “see there are a lot of brake marks on the road from where her car swerved before it finally flipped over”.
“At this point, police still have no idea why he ran off the road,” he added.
“A rumor going around among locals is that he may have strayed to lose an animal, but it’s all under investigation at the moment.”
A witness, who found Symonds in his vehicle after it crashed, told the mail The cricketer’s two blue heels refused to leave her side.
“One of them was very sensitive and didn’t want to leave it,” he said. “He would just growl at you every time we tried to move him or get close to him.
“My partner tried to get (Symonds) out of the car, to put him on his back.
“He was unconscious, unresponsive and had no pulse.”
Waylon Townson tried to help Symonds, but he couldn’t do anything.
“It was stuck in there, so I tried to get it out,” he told Nine News. “(I) started CPR and checked his pulse, but I didn’t get much of a response.”
Symonds’ death is yet another devastating loss for the Australian cricket community, who had already said goodbye to fellow champions Shane Warne and Rod Marsh earlier this year.
Taking to Instagram, Australian spinner Nathan Lyon opened up about his incredible sadness at Symonds’ passing.
“I am heartbroken by the news that we all woke up this morning as well. It was just 2 months ago at Warnie’s funeral, Roy and I had a good talk and we both agreed that he was too young to leave us…now this!”. Lyons wrote.
“RIP friend, a true legend of the game we love and an inspiration to so many! My thoughts and prayers are with his family, children and friends!”
The former teammates also wrote about their pain on social media. Michael Clarke said he was “devastated”, Adam Gilchrist said “this really hurts”, while Ricky Ponting remembered Symonds as a fiercely loyal partner.
Symonds was a devastating hitter who could throw at medium speed or out of spin, depending on the situation in the game. He was a key member of the Australian ODI teams that won the World Cups in 2003 and 2007, playing 198 times in the 50+ format, scoring 5088 runs and taking 133 wickets.
Once typecast as a white ball specialist, Symonds became a brilliant test player where he also built an impressive record. He wore the baggy green 26 times, scoring 1,462 runs at an average of 40.61.
He was also an exceptional fielder, sensational both in the field and on boundary patrol.
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