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Miss World Australia finalist dies after car crash

Elyse Miller-Kennedy

A Miss World Australia finalist, Elyse Miller-Kennedy, 17, has tragically died following a head-on car crash with two French tourists who were reportedly driving on the wrong side of the road.

The beauty pageant organizers said that the 17-year-old, Queensland State’s entrant to the 2016 Miss World pageant, died on Thursday night after being hospitalized for over a week with critical head, chest and torso injuries.

The crash scene

The crash scene

They said that the authorities were yet to formally interview the French driver who was also recovering in hospital from the crash.

They said that for now, any charges would rest with evidence from forensic investigators.

Madeline Cowe, Miss World Australia, said that the Australian pageant community is mourning the loss of the girl who was “so mature, so happy and full of life.”

She described her as a beautiful, amazing girl both inside and out and she could have done anything she wanted to.


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