TOUCHING TRIBUTE: Members of the NSW women?s hockey team stand for a minute?s silence to honour the tragic death of Adrian Cris
TOUCHING TRIBUTE: Members of the NSW women?s hockey team stand for a minute?s silence to honour the tragic death of Adrian Cris

The hockey fraternity mourns a life cut short

By NERIDA BLOK

FAMILY, hockey, faith and friends made up Adrian Crispo's 18 years of life.

The former Woodlawn College student from Alstonville was killed last Friday in a car accident on the Pacific Highway near Tyndale.

Adrian's father, Ian Crispo, said his son, who left school last year to start a locksmith apprenticeship with Gamble & Son, left home Friday morning to visit his girlfriend in Coffs Harbour.

Mr Crispo said Adrian was 'then coming back to Grafton to watch the National Hockey League on Saturday' when his Hyundai car veered across the road and collided head-on with a north-bound BMW. The 27-year-old male driver of the BMW, from the Sydney suburb of Moorebank, was taken to Grafton Base Hospital and remains in a satisfactory condition.

Mr Crispo said police had indicated Adrian had either gone to sleep at the wheel or had been distracted, possibly from changing CDs on his stereo.

"It's every parent's nightmare, but I truly believe he did not go to sleep because he was in bed by 9.30pm and woke up at his normal time," he said.

"So there was no need for him to be tired."

Mr Crispo said the level of support the family, including Adrian's mother Tracey, elder sister Simone and younger brother Scott, had received from the community and from the state-wide hockey fraternity since his death, illustrated how highly regarded Adrian was.

"He was happy person with a generous nature and would do anything for anyone," he said.

"He was very well liked. He touched so many people."

On Saturday at the Grafton hockey competition, all teams gathered for a minute's silence to honour Adrian's life. And today at 11am, Woodlawn College will hold a prayer also in honour of his life.

A requiem mass for Adrian will be held at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Alstonville. Details are still to be confirmed.



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