A tragic social media post from a family member of a bride killed in a freak golf buggy accident has emerged as her husband faces charges in her death.
Newlyweds Marina Morgan, 29, and Robbie Morgan, 30, were celebrating their honeymoon on Hamilton Island in Queensland when tragedy struck earlier this year.
The new bride suffered life-threatening injuries and died at the scene after the couple’s golf buggy overturned on June 20.
Mr Morgan was driving at the time and sustained no physical injuries.
On Wednesday, Queensland Police announced that Mr Morgan had been charged in connection with his wife’s death.
Eleven days before that announcement – on the bride’s 30th birthday – close family members posted an emotional message on social media.
“Don’t worry darling, thy will be done,” they wrote alongside an angry, swearing emoji.
“I caught you like I always do, day 1.”
The message was written over a poignant picture of Marina’s grave, decorated with flowers and balloons for her birthday.
“Happy 30th birthday Marmar,” the family member also wrote.
“Forever stuck in my heart.”
Mr Morgan is charged with driving without due care and attention causing death, the driver not wearing an approved seat belt, the passenger not wearing an approved seat belt and using a mobile phone.
The Sydney man will appear before Proserpine Magistrates Court on December 5.
Golf buggies are the primary mode of transportation on the 740-acre Hamilton Island, and occupants must wear their individual seat belts at all times.
This charge follows a full investigation by police, which initially described the situation as “just a tragic accident”.
“There may have been some inexperience driving this type of vehicle, while turning it rolled onto its side and the woman fell out and sustained life-threatening injuries,” he said.
Queensland Police Inspector Anthony Cowan told the media the day after Ms Morgan’s death.
“It was just a tragic accident involving a golf buggy.”
Inspector Cowan confirmed at the time that Ms Morgan was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
“It appears that no seat belt was worn at the time; We’re coming back to the Fatal Five, but now isn’t the time to think about what they should have done,” he said.
A doctor, an off-duty dentist and an off-duty firefighter were some of the first people to arrive after the tragic incident.
They fought to save Ms Morgan’s life and performed CPR for 35 minutes after she went into cardiac arrest.
Graeme McIntyre, acting director of the Queensland Ambulance Service for the Mackay District, said a paramedic arrived on site within minutes to find the woman off the street and place her in a “sideways position to clear her airway”.
“[She] went into cardiac arrest and, along with a number of island first responders – an off-duty dentist, an off-duty firefighter and an island doctor – unsuccessfully performed CPR for 35 minutes,” Mr McIntyre said.
Mr McIntyre said the scenes were “confronting” for first responders at the scene.
“It’s been very confronting, especially on Hamilton Island, and in this case we have to wait with the deceased person until the police can come and collect the person,” he said.
“So it’s quite emotionally confronting for the paramedics involved.”
Following the tragic sudden death of the bride, Ms Morgan’s family and friends have sent their heartfelt tributes to her.
Six days after her death, Mr. Morgan wrote on Facebook that his world had been “shattered” by the death of his “angelic wife.”
“My heart is broken and my world rocked by the tragic loss of the most beautiful girl in the world. My angel. my saint. my wife,” he wrote alongside a picture of the couple at their wedding.
“I will love you forever and ever!”
Mr Morgan said his wife is his rock, his partner, his saint and his “everything”.
“The world will never be the same,” he said.
A funeral service for Ms Morgan was held on July 2 at St Mary & St Merkorious Coptic Orthodox Church in Rhodes, followed by a burial at Rookwood Cemetery.
Originally posted as Thy will be done: Post from family after bride’s death on Hamilton Island