Family speaks out after crash
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.