Killara crash victim lived her life to the fullest

MISSED: Maryanne Hanna, 54, has been remembered as a dedicated worker who often gave her time for others.

MISSED: Maryanne Hanna, 54, has been remembered as a dedicated worker who often gave her time for others.

TRIBUTES have flowed for a Lavington woman killed in a head-on crash at Killara on Thursday.

Maryanne Hanna, 54, died at the scene of the smash on the Murray Valley Highway, near Whytes Road, about midday. 

Her vehicle travelled onto the wrong side of the highway before hitting the oncoming truck, which was carrying an earthmover. 

The 54-year-old Melbourne Storm fan had worked for Mercy Connect and her death has left her work colleagues struggling.

Executive leader strategy and projects Glenn Mackinnon said the tragic incident “is being felt deeply by all of us”.

“Maryanne was a valued member of our team at Mercy Connect and was well respected by both staff and clients alike,” he said.

“Maryanne worked across a variety of our outlets and lived for her job, often picking up shifts at late notice to support her team and clients.

TRAGEDY: Sergeant Paul Brady at the scene of the crash. He said the incident was confronting for all involved. Picture: MARK JESSER

TRAGEDY: Sergeant Paul Brady at the scene of the crash. He said the incident was confronting for all involved. Picture: MARK JESSER

“Maryanne loved her clients and always displayed a warm and caring manner when working with them.

“Maryanne had a very kind heart and would do anything for anyone.

“Maryanne’s life was not easy due to family illness, but no matter her troubles she would come to work with a smile on her face and would never let on of her own struggles.”

Mr Mackinnon said Ms Hanna had gotten the most out of life.

“When not at work she would spend her time with her family and friends, always considerate and caring,” he said.

“Maryanne was also a passionate supporter of the Melbourne Storm and would travel to Melbourne to watch their games on a regular basis.

“Maryanne’s passing is being felt deeply by all of us at Mercy Connect and she will be sadly missed.”

Her friend Heidi Leatham also paid tribute.

“I will most definitely miss you,” Ms Leatham wrote on social media.

“I’m so sorry we never got to say goodbye.

“I’m so sorry this has happened.”

Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash, which was seen by at least three witnesses. 

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