Fam­ily speaks out af­ter crash

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - NICOLE LAWTON

The crash that claimed the lives of an Auck­land father-of-three Christopher Tobin and his baby son Jack struck on his part­ner Olivia Kron­feld’s 31st birth­day.

The griev­ing fam­ily have bro­ken their si­lence as they try to piece their lives back to­gether since the head-on crash with a dou­ble-decker bus in Mt Eden.

Tobin died at the scene, while his two chil­dren, Jack, 1, and Elle, 2, were rushed to Star­ship Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, both in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Elle was re­leased with mul­ti­ple skull frac­tures and a splint in her arm sev­eral days later, but Jack’s in­juries to his neck were so se­vere, the fam­ily made the im­pos­si­bly dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to turn off his life sup­port at 11.11am last Fri­day.

‘‘He died a minute later, be­ing rocked in his mum’s arms, but be­fore he did, it was re­ally sweet, he opened his eyes one last time then went to sleep.’’

Lamour Duck­ett, Olivia Kron­feld’s sis­ter, said on Satur­day evening the fam­ily were still in dis­be­lief over the shock­ing crash.

‘‘It’s still so sur­real, no one has had time to ac­cept it yet, just be­cause it’s been blow af­ter blow. We’re tak­ing it not even a day at a time, but an hour at a time.’’

The of­fi­cial cause of the crash is still un­known and po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

Duck­ett said the fam­ily have also reached out and were in con­tact with the bus com­pany.

They wanted to give their ‘‘wishes and deep­est sym­pa­thies to the bus driver as well, be­cause it would be ab­so­lutely trau­ma­tis­ing for both him and his fam­ily.

‘‘We are try­ing to let them know that it’s not only us in this sit­u­a­tion, we’re in it to­gether.’’

Duck­ett said Olivia and the fam­ily were amazed and over­whelmed at the sup­port shown on the fam­ily’s Givealit­tle page.

‘‘She sits there and she reads ev­ery com­ment, some­times she’ll cry, some­times she’ll laugh and she’s just as­tounded at how many peo­ple have of­fered their own lit­tle mini sto­ries and told her shes not alone.’’

A joint funeral was held on Tues­day at the Manakau Memo­rial Gar­dens.

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