A young woman enjoying a night out with friends, an old woman driving through the suburbs with her husband, a dad and husband out on a morning ride, and a loving son devoted to caring for his mother who was simply sweeping his own front porch.
These are the four lives which have been lost on Wollongong roads in a horror fortnight, which - in a tragic coincidence - happened to fall across part of National Road Safety Week.
Each night until Saturday, the Wollongong Harbour Breakwater Lighthouse will be lit with a yellow light to raise awareness for the week, with residents asked to also make a pledge to drive safely.
Wollongong's recent roads nightmare began on November 7, when 19-year-old pedestrian Libby Ruge was killed while walking on the footpath with friends during a night out in the CBD.
The following Tuesday, a 52-year-old cyclist was critically injured in an accident with a ute on Springhill Road and died in hospital the following Friday.
A day later, a 94-year-old woman was trapped and badly injured in a car crash in Figtree; she died in hospital a week later.
And then this week, a 57-year-old man was killed by a twin-cab ute, which came off the road at Stanwell Park and ploughed through powerlines and his front fence while he was sweeping his porch.
Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the terrible series of events "highlighted the fragility of human beings versus cars".
"The accidents are coincidental, but it does highlight that we are driving something that can be a lethal combination with other factors," he said.
"With Christmas just around the corner and COVID restrictions easing, we anticipate an increase in drivers on our roads this summer.
"Warm weather also means more people will be out and about, so keep an eye out for pedestrians, bicycle riders and children when driving around the community."
He said many road deaths were preventable, which is why the city was highlighting road safety.
"We need to remember that we share a common space, and it involves everyone being mindful that a vehicle isn't a superior form of transport - it's one of many forms that occupy the same space," he said.
"No one has granted vehicles superior access or rights over others."
"And this is not just about the victims of road crashes, or their families either - I don't think there would be too many drivers who would not be impacted by injuring another human being - so it works both ways.
"I would hate to feel, even if I was legally in the right, that I was involved in an accident that took another person's life. There's a ripple effect for all the people who have been caught up in these events."