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John is a husband, a dad, and a grandfather, and he’s also in the unenviable position where he can speak with authority on a fatal car crash in which he received serious life-threatening injuries; the result from which he was classed as unemployable at age 42.

At the time of the car crash, John and Ange had four daughters (two at private secondary college and one at University), he was a successful agency manager and of course, he had a mortgage, leased cars, education commitments etc. etc. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, John’s working life was taken from him in the most violent of ways when he was involved in a horrific car crash in which an 18-year-old girl was killed. Thankfully the crash wasn’t his fault! At that time, he didn’t know that he was about to face years of rehabilitation and counseling.

On November 18, 1995, just thirty months after John’s car crash, their family was dealt the cruelest of blows when their youngest daughter Carmen (18), fell asleep at the wheel, crashed into a tree, and was killed. Their eldest daughter Michelle was on her way to work and was the third car to arrive at the scene of Carmen’s crash.

Life doesn’t always hand out red roses.

Former Bendigo Man John Maher

Former Bendigo man John Maher spoke to a group of year 10 students at Crusoe College yesterday about two horrific car accidents that changed his life – one that left him with serious long-term injuries and another that killed his youngest daughter, Carmen. WHITNEY HARRIS Bendigo Advertiser reports.

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