Follow-up to previous post about Ash [UPDATED – details of funeral service]

Just as a follow-up to Angus Dei’s recent post about the sudden loss of our administrator Ash,  following is the Death Notice published in yesterday’s Melbourne Herald Sun, and some items from the early [UPDATE: and follow-up]  news reports of the single-car accident in Ferny Creek.

Published in the Herald Sun on 22/1/2009

Ashleah Emery

EMERY. – Ashleah.  The family of Ashleah Emery are saddened to announce the death of their beloved daughter on Jan. 15, 2009.   Sadly missed by Alan and Bev, Nik and Andrew, Sarah and Bronwyn and families.   Anyone wishing to contact the family can do so on (03) 9754-7463.

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The Age, January 15 2009:

The badly burnt body of a motorist was found in a car after it veered off a tourist road in the Yarra Valley and landed ablaze in a driveway this morning.

Shocked neighbours called 000 when they saw the car in flames in the driveway of a Ferny Creek home in the Dandenongs.

The driver of the car was killed after the vehicle ran off the windy Mount Dandenong Tourist Road about 10.45am, hit a tree, dropped down an embankment and began burning in the driveway.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the property’s owners weren’t at home at the time and neighbours called emergency services to the scene.
The body has not yet been able to be identified.

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Herald Sun, January 15 2009:

One person, believed to be a woman, was killed after her car apparently left the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road at Ferny Creek, in the Dandenong Ranges, south east of Melbourne, and hit a tree shortly before 10.45am.

Emergency services said the car then went down an embankment, ending up in a residential driveway before bursting into flames.

Victoria Police spokeswoman Leeanne Clinton said the motorist was the only person in the car but it was not yet known whether they died as a result of the crash or the car fire.

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Springvale Dandenong Leader, January 15 2009:

[A] 22-year-old woman died in a single-vehicle accident on the Mt Dandenong Rd, Ferny Creek […]

[T]he 22-year-old Selby woman was driving west along the Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd at 10.40am when her car swerved off the road about 300m west of Churchill Drive.

The white Mitsubishi Lancer landed on a nearby driveway after careering down an embankment.

A neighbour heard the accident and alerted 000.

Monbulk Sgt Alan Fincher said when the neighbour got to the car it was engulfed in flames and they couldn’t go near it.

Sgt Fincher said investigators were yet to determine what caused the car to veer off the road.

UPDATE:  From the Maroondah Journal, via Kae.

THE death of a 21-year-old woman in Ferny Creek last week has sparked renewed calls for a guard rail along a “dangerous bend”.

Ashleigh Emery, of Selby, died when the car she was driving crashed into a tree on Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, rolled down an embankment onto a driveway and caught fire about 10.45am last Thursday.

Resident Ed Bright, who lives next door to where the car crashed, has been trying to get guard rails installed for years.

Mr Bright’s wife Lynette and daughter Courtney were home at the time of the crash.

“We just heard this massive explosion and noise, unlike anything we’ve heard.

“I went running out and Courtney went straight for the phone. I was screaming, ‘Is there anybody there?’ because I was thinking the driver must have been somewhere.”

Sergeant Alan Fincher of Monbulk police, who attended the scene, said: “The car had caught fire and there was just nothing anyone could do.”

Wayne Hawkins
Tragic scene: Ashleigh Emery died when her car crashed into a tree, rolled down an embankment and caught fire. Picture: Wayne Hawkins


Our editors will try to keep this post updated as further information comes to hand.

[Update:  In answer to some readers’ concerns, please note that Ash’s father Alan confirms that she was childless]

UPDATE 4: Funeral service details (also, see bottom of page here):

Ashleah EMERY — Funeral Service

Herald Sun|27 January 2009

A Funeral Service to
celebrate the life of Ashleah
Emery will be held at 12 Lyons
Drive, Selby on SATURDAY
(Jan. 31, 2009) at 3.00 p.m.

A Private Cremation

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The Tizona Group has Lost a Precious Member

We of the administrative and editorial group at Tizona have suffered a tragic and devastating loss, as our administrator, Ash, was killed in a single vehicle accident. However, our loss pales next to that of her family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them all.

Ashleah was only twenty-two years old.

Ash was invited into The Tizona Group by the founder of our blog, and she was always a bit of a mystery to me, as she was to the rest of the administrative group. I don’t believe any of us ever actually met her personally, though some did speak to her by telephone, and we all had email exchanges with her from time to time.

As for myself, since I live in the US and Ash was Australian, these email conversations were often at very strange hours, which was a treat for me as I keep a bizarre musician’s schedule. Ash always struck me as very intelligent and well informed – quite remarkably so given her tender years – and it was always a distinct pleasure to correspond with her.

Though she leaves several unsolvable mysteries in her wake, one thing that was no mystery was the invaluable nature of her contribution to our weblog. I called Ash, “the enforcer” because she was such a dogged and tireless patroller of our reader comment sections, and she also brought a valued woman’s perspective to questions regarding the direction of our efforts. Plus, if any of us knot-headed editors forgot things like tagging posts, she always caught and fixed the errors and oversights… followed by an email admonishment, of course.

To say that Ash will be missed around here is an unfathomable understatement, but there are no words to adequately express how much of a void she and her work will leave at The Tizona Group. Nor are there any words that could properly express the profound sadness of we of the administrative group over this incomprehensible tragedy.

If you would like to pay your respects or post remembrances of Ash in the comments section, please do, but keep in mind that we will be sending this thread to her parents, so any and all offensive posts will be deleted.

In lieu of words, I simply offer a recording I made of Tears in the Rain by Joe Satriani.

Rest in Peace and Godspeed, Ashleah.

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