RESPECTED Warrnambool identity Graham Kemp is being treated for serious internal injuries sustained in a road smash that killed his friend at the weekend.
Fifty-seven-year-old Mr Kemp, who is chief executive at disability services agency Southern Way Direct Care, was yesterday in a serious but stable condition in the Royal Melbourne Hospital intensive care unit.
He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Phil Gaylard, 54, of Elliminyt, who died at the scene of the two-car smash on the Midland Highway near Ballarat on Saturday evening.
They had been on their way to Melbourne to catch a plane for a trip to North America to compete in shooting events.
Mr Kemp, an experienced sports shooter, has steered Southern Way since it was formed in 1990 when Warrnambool District Accommodation Support Services was restructured.
“He helped turn the organisation around and it is now a major provider for people with disabilities,” Southern Way board member Bill Quinlan told The Standard.
“Graham’s clubmates at Warrnambool Central Rotary signed a get-well card today and our thoughts go out to him and his family.”
Fellow board member Russell Worland said Allan Bassett had been appointed as temporary CEO at Southern Way and there had been numerous offers of support from other community organisations.