Family:Allan Taylor and Kari Sherwell (1)

b. 7 Apl 1953
d. 19 Aug 2009
d. 19 Aug 2009
m. 20 Sep 1980
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Marriage? 20 Sep 1980
Brisbane Times
Daughter watches as parents struck down and killed by 4WD

Ashleah Taylor had only recently announced her engagement.

Today, she is contemplating a funeral following the death of both her parents in the most tragic of circumstances.

Ms Taylor, 22, watched as her mother and father were hit and killed by a four-wheel-drive as they attempted to cross the busy Sunshine Coast Motorway at Sippy Downs yesterday afternoon The couple, Allan and Kari Taylor, had been trying to help their stranded daughter, who had earlier phoned them from the side of the road after Ashleah's blue Daewoo Nubira broke down just minutes from the family's Sippy Downs home.

They had got out of their car on the emergency hard shoulder and were standing behind it, waiting to cross to their daughter on the median strip near the Sippy Downs exit, when a four-wheel drive crashed into the rear of the Daewoo, crushing them both.

Police last night spoke of the "heartbreaking" scene that confronted emergency services workers who rushed to the Taylors' aid.

Ms Taylor, a keen dancer who announced her engagement earlier this year, was taken to Nambour Hospital suffering shock. She has a younger brother, Kallan.

Coordinator of school chaplaincies on the Sunshine Coast Kerry Evans said the whole community was shocked at the deaths of 56-year-old Mr Taylor, chaplain at Woombye and Palmwoods state schools, and his 51-year-old wife, who ran dance classes.

"Allan and Kari were greatly loved by all aspects of the community, not just the school community or the church community, but the whole community, Mr Evans said.

"They were a lovable couple and they loved God and they loved people and the community in which they worked and they would do anything for other people - such a fun-loving couple.

Messages of support for Ashleah have been posted on her MySpace page, where she lists her interests as the bible and her heroes as "my family."

"My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Ashleah," wrote friend Josh Macpherson.

"Thinking of u always Ash, im so sorry for ur loss," friend Charlotte wrote.

Police have this morning appealed for witnesses to the crash to come forward.

The driver of the four-wheel-drive, a 75-year-old man from Wurtulla, escaped with only minor injuries.

Police have refused to say whether the man's vehicle had left the road or was speeding.

"The investigation is ongoing and we can't say any more than that," a spokeswoman said.