Mount Isa woman killed in Fiji crash

Sereana Pratap
Sereana Pratap


Mount Isa youth worker Sereana Pratap died in a car crash on Saturday while she was in Fiji for family reasons.

White balloons could be seen across the Mount Isa sky yesterday in memory of Mrs Pratap, described as “the most beautiful spirit”.

Pratap, 39, died when the vehicle she was driving was hit by another car which was driven by a 26 year old Jasmine Hill. Four teenage passengers, including a family member, were taken to CWM Hospital for treatment.

Pratap, wife of outgoing Mount Isa City Council chief executive officer Bhan Pratap, was remembered yesterday by friends and colleagues at the Mount Isa lookout where a balloon release was organised as a memorial. More than 50 people attended the ceremony, including former colleagues from Pratap’s time with Young People Ahead and most recently the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

Pastor Keith Christie led the ceremony, where people were invited to release a balloon with a message.

Meanwhile, Hill was released on$10,000 bail with surety by the Nasinu Magistrates Court today.

Hill  was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm, dangerous driving and failure to undergo breath analysis.

She has been been ordered to report to Samabula Police Station every Sunday.
Her driver’s license has been temporarily suspended.

The case was adjourned to June 25.


  1. Alisi Ratumaitavuki-Bula says:

    RIP Lesi…..So heartbreaking spoke with her minutes before this happened.

  2. Josaia Rakoroi says:

    RIP. Sereana….My deepest sympathy and condolences to Bhan and the children. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult and sad time….Love and Regards…Jo ! Joanna and Linieta Rakoroi, Auckland , New Zealand .

  3. Dear Bhan, we know that this is a very dark hour for you and we want to share this pain with you. I know it must be difficult to accept this sudden loss of your precious one! You must be feeling utterly lost and terribly lonely! Let the peace which surpasseth all understanding descend upon you. May you find comfort in the Lord Jesus.

  4. Shiu Mani says:

    my prayers are with u and ur family at this moment.