Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Young Man Pays Terrible Price for Just One Mistake

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Young Man Pays Terrible Price for Just One Mistake

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Byline: Chris Owen chris.owen@qtcn.com.au

THE father of a young man who was killed moments after his first encounter with drugs is urging others not to make the same mistake.

Andrew Bond said his son Tom, 20, was the kind of person who would give the shirt off his back to help someone out.

In a tragic accident, Tom Bond was struck and killed by a train after what his father described as a bad reaction to his first use of marijuana.

Tom's friends said he went into a panic attack before crossing the train line's safety barrier at Bundamba about 4am on Saturday.

He was hit by a freight train and killed instantly.

Moments before his death, the former St Edmunds College student had been visiting with a friend who needed some support.

"He was a rock for people to rely on," his father said. "He always had big a smile on his face and an even bigger heart.

"His sudden death has left a lot of people in this world sad."

Andrew Bond, 44, said his son's death was a grave lesson to anyone who might be considering drug use. …

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