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A New South Wales woman who was in a car crash more than a week ago after a legal drinking session has been fighting to win her brother’s memory back.

A judge told Natalie Gutowski that a length of time had passed since her brother, Kellan Bell, 16, was killed when he collided with a semi at Caloundra in Sydney’s south-west in January last year.

“He was a good kid. I love you, my brother,” Natalie Gutowski said.

“His life was taken on an accident and after he was killed the family was dealing with the death of Kellan.”

She said the teenager’s death had caused “a lot of stress for the family”.

“I do try to tell them what has happened and I try and make them understand and how terrible it is and just try and make them stay strong and stay strong, keep him in your thoughts.

“And I will do that, and I will try and make sure the memories of him are coming back, as well.”

Ms Gutowski is contesting a notice of claim against the State Government, arguing the parents should be required to “be a little more careful when transporting their children to and from supervised gambling” venues.

A state judge delivered her ruling yesterday, saying the matter has been sent to the coroner.

Her main objection is to the daily exorbitant summonses, as they impose a huge time and energy burden on her family.

Ms Gutowski claims that since she could not physically attend a court hearing, her brother’s funeral took up a full week of her entire time.

She claimed the summonses exceed the amount of family time she could spend in a single sitting — around 15 days of her mother’s funeral.

Topics: courts-and-trials, police, rural, caloundra-2250, sydney-2000

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