Warwick man's life forever changed after shocking crash

HAPPY BACK HOME: David Weir's life has improved since moving back to Warwick.
HAPPY BACK HOME: David Weir's life has improved since moving back to Warwick. Jonno Colfs

A SHOCKING car crash left David Weir unable to walk or talk at just 23 years of age, devastating his chances of ever returning to his dream job.

A regrettable decision to make an early morning drive north from the Gold Coast left Mr Weir unconscious for a month, with massive head injuries.

"I was driving," he said.

"There were two others in the car, both on the passenger side of the car.

"I don't remember much about it all, but the car slammed into a concrete pole, right on the centre column on the driver's side.

"The other two walked away with a bit of shock, but I spent the next few years in hospital."

Mr Weir suffered not one broken bone in the crash, but when we awoke in hospital, he could barely move. Learning to walk and talk again over time, Mr Weir said he had to rely on help to do anything at all.

"It was hard," he said.

"I got down on myself all the time.

"Why did I do it? What was I doing driving around that late at night?

"I thought I was 10 feet tall and bullet proof I guess.

"We all make mistakes, and I made the biggest mistake of my life."

Born in Warwick, Mr Weir grew up at Pratten before taking off to Brisbane for work in his early twenties.

After a stint at General Motors Holden in Acacia Ridge, he sat a postal exam and passed, becoming a postie.

"I was stationed in Springwood, at their new post office in November 1984," he said.

"Everyone is meant to do something in life and that was my calling. I absolutely loved the job and I think I was good at it."

Only a year later, his dream job was a memory.

"I was in a bit of a mess," he said.

"I'd just split with a girlfriend and shouldn't have been driving anywhere at 3.30am. That crash was the end of my dream job after just 55 weeks - and I haven't been able to do a paid day's work since."

Two years ago, Mr Weir moved back to Warwick to be closed to his mother after she underwent surgery.

"I've never been happier than I am back here," he said.

"Logan was a 'use me' suburb, everybody wants something from you. Here people are friendly, helpful and for once I'm content."

Mr Weir can't walk properly, he'll never ride a motorcycle and he has trouble remembering from one minute to the next, but in his words, he's as happy as Larry.

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