Katie Louise Broadbent went to a private festival in Rochester on Australia Day to meet a local guy she knew. She was looking for love, in the nicest way, and instead found her own demise when a man drove over her tent. It appears he was intoxicated.
Katie worked at The Clock Tower Theatre and the Monash Theatre and previously at the Kingston Performing Arts Centre.
A man, 24, of Lake Bolac, was charged with culpable driving, dangerous driving resulting in death, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render assistance, and driving under the influence of alcohol. He had driven over Katie’s tent and left her for dead at around 5.50am on Sunday 26th January 2014 – Australia Day.
Friends say she was awesome. “She was keen to learn and would do anything you asked her to do. She had great feel at the console and a fantastic attitude”, said Linda Krive.
The festival itself was a private event for 300 people on the farm of a well known district familiy. The community of Rochester are devastated by the accident, according to the Bendigo Advertiser.
The performing arts community, and Katie’s friends are hosting a memorial at 3.30pm FRIDAY JANUARY 31 2014 at the Standard Hotel in Fitzroy. The funeral is in Adelaide on Tuesday. Katie comes from Adelaide. Everyone sends their deepest condolences to her family.