Shattered dad says Lachlan 'in our hearts forever'
TOOWOOMBA teen Lachlan "Perc" Percy has been remembered as a passionate soccer player, who cheered up his mates with his larrikin sense of humour.
Lachlan died early Saturday morning after the car he was travelling in crashed on the New England Hwy on the outskirts of Toowoomba.
He left behind his father Dan Percy, mother Terri-Michelle Percy, brother Jack Percy and Cameron Percy.
Lachlan's emotional father Dan Percy said the family was finding it tough.
"It's tough, everyone is struggling, we went into his room for the first time today and cleaned his car out. No-one is doing very well," he said.
"We all loved him so much, he'll never leave us, he's in our hearts forever.
"On behalf of the family I'd like to thank the community for the support we've received."
All his cousins younger than him idolised him and looked at him as their hero.
Mr Percy said Lachlan had a contagious personality and that everybody loved him.
"He was very cheeky and very quick witted. He could take you on with little comments, he was very funny.
"He would make people laugh.
"All his cousins younger than him idolised him and looked at him as their hero.
"A lot of the younger boys have his haircut because he's Lachlan."
He also thanked the South West Queensland Thunder club for its support after the crash.
Lachlan had been due to play in a game at the club yesterday and his teammates bravely decided to play.
A minute's silence was held to honour his memory by each of the club's teams before the games.
It was a game that would have had 10 cars here, but it had the atmosphere of a grand final.
Mr Percy, who was also Lachlan's coach, thanked the many supporters who turned up at the club.
"It was a game that would have had 10 cars here, but it had the atmosphere of a grand final," he said.
"It meant so much to me and my family, and I really appreciate all the support that every single one of those people gave me.
"For a small time yesterday, I did feel better."
Football was a massive part of Lachlan's life and he started playing for the Under 6s.
"He loved to play the game, he had a beautiful long ball and nice skills, he was a great player," Mr Percy said.
"As a family we'd like to share just how loving and caring he was.
"That reflected in the way that so many people loved him.
"I could just see it in their eyes, the way they were crying, the number of people who loved him just showed what a lovely young man he was.
"He touched so many people, a full community of footballers, plus hundreds of other people have sent their wishes."
He touched so many people, a full community of footballers, plus hundreds of other people have sent their wishes.
Lachlan had finished school and was following in his father's footsteps by starting an apprenticeship as a painter.
Mr Percy said Lachlan had enjoyed his job.
He said Lachlan was saving up while he worked as a painter, and wanted to work with his father.
"He was really happy to be working, and contributing and earning money."
Early on Friday night, Lachlan had returned from a presentation night at his beloved South West Queensland Thunder football team.
He had visited a friend's house at Highfields and was in the car with his best friend Ben Watt's older brother Jace Watt and Jake Cooper when it crashed.
Police say the car left the road, slid sideways on the verge and struck a tree.
Lachlan died at the scene.
The driver of the car Jake Cooper and passenger Jace Watt are in a stable condition at Toowoomba Hospital.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the crash and as yet no one has been charged.
A date has not yet been set for Lachlan's funeral.
Mr Percy Percy said he hoped a wake would be held at the South West Queensland Thunder clubhouse.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
- Lachlan Percy was at South West Queensland Thunder presentation from 6pm to 10pm
- Lachlan left at about 10.30pm and drove to friend's house in Highfields
- Lachlan enetered a car which drove into Toowoomba and the car crashed on the New England Highway