Australian family mourn death of mother and daughter in Sri Lanka accident

A family is mourning the loss of Brisbane mother Louise Collins and her four-year-old daughter Poppy who tragically died in a car accident in Sri Lanka.

“Poppy was everything to (Louise),” Ms Collins’ brother James Curtain told the Courier-Mail.

“Family meant everything to you and our hearts are breaking, as we ponder a life without you and Poppy lighting up our lives,” sister-in-law Leesa Curtain added.

The family was travelling in a white van near the town of Nagoda, on the island nation’s southwest, when the vehicle struck a parked truck.

The van flipped, and Louise and Poppy both died at the scene.

Her husband Patrick, a Qatar Airways pilot, is currently in intensive care, suffering a severed bowel and broken ankle.

Miraculously, Poppy’s little brother and the family’s youngest child, Fred, 2, suffered only minor facial injuries, and is recovering from minor plastic surgery, the Daily Mail reported.

Ms Collins, who was the youngest of seven children, is remembered as a woman who was family orientated with a huge heart.

Mr Curtain told the Courier Mail his sister had a loving nature and “vibrant” personality, and paid tribute to her ability to care for her wider family in Brisbane, despite living in Doha, Qatar.

“Through all this grief, what does bring some comfort, is knowing you and your darling Poppy are together, forever. The world has just lost two angels, but then again, angels don’t pass on, they just shine brighter in another realm,” Leesa said.

“Every once in a while there is a moment when time stands still. On the 20th June we lost our beautiful Louise Collins (nee Curtain), 37 years, and her daughter Poppy Collins, 4 years,” she told the Courier-Mail.

Ms Collins met her husband through mutual friends in the commercial airline industry.

Mr Curtain said the family loved Sri Lanka and were on a “short holiday”, enjoying the country’s “tranquillity, peace and calm”. (Courtesy


  1. If you want to promote tourism , there are other things that need attention. Are these van drivers competent ( meaning have a valid licence and qualified to get one) ? This is not the first time an Australian family lost their lives. Once it was on the E1 highway on the way to Tangalle from the Airport. Many died in that accident too. The Tourist Police must do random checks. Is the DIG traffic conducting random checks ? Sad stories.

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