Funeral for cou­ple killed in crash held

The Southland Times - - NEWS - STAFF RE­PORTER

The funeral for Jesse and Sa­man­tha Short­land, who died in what has been called a ‘‘hor­rific’’ crash in South­land, was held on Fri­day.

The cou­ple, both aged 28, and their two chil­dren were about 45 min­utes from home when their car col­lided head-on with a car on Sun­day, about 9.40pm near Dip­ton.

The cou­ple died at the scene. The driver of the other car, 22-year-old Ger­man tourist Ma­rina Liebl, also died.

The only sur­vivors were Short­land’s 8-month-old daugh­ter Skylar and son Heath, 2, who were pulled from their car seats at the crash scene.

The funeral was To­mairangi Marae.

A Givealit­tle page cre­ated by Jesse’s sis­ter Krys­tal-Leigh had more than $16,000 do­nated by yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

The page had been cre­ated with all pro­ceeds to go into a joint ac­count to help with costs for the young ones.

On Wed­nes­day, Krys­tal-Leigh said the fam­ily’s main fo­cus was look­ing af­ter the cou­ple’s chil­dren.

It was un­clear what would hap­pen with the chil­dren, she said, but they would stay with the fam­ily.

‘‘They are be­ing well looked af­ter.’’

She said the cou­ple moved from Bris­bane to ‘‘start a new life’’ in held at Te In­ver­cargill about three months ago.

Her brother was her ‘‘first best friend’’.

‘‘He was a re­ally car­ing man. Since he be­came a dad he was even ex­tra car­ing and lov­ing as well.’’

Speak­ing from Nurem­berg, Ger­many, Liebl’s for­mer col­league at en­gi­neer­ing and elec­tron­ics com­pany Bosch, Mev­lut Mufti, told Stuff the 22-year-old wanted to travel to New Zealand by her­self.

‘‘She had told me for a long time that she would like to go to New Zealand to ex­plore it and meet many new peo­ple. She was look­ing for ad­ven­ture.’’

On Wed­nes­day, he was told Liebl, who was from Nurem­berg, was killed in the triple-fa­tal crash. He was un­sure what caused the col­li­sion.

‘‘We are all very trau­ma­tised about her death and about the fam­ily who have also died in the ac­ci­dent.’’

Liebl posted on a back­pack­ers’ Face­book page on Oc­to­ber 2 ask­ing for ad­vice on which jacket was nec­es­sary for the next few months while she trav­elled the coun­try.

She posted again on Oc­to­ber 5 to say she was in Queen­stown: ‘‘My first des­ti­na­tion in New Zealand. Any­one who wants to ex­plore the city?’’

Three days later she was killed on the Dip­ton-Win­ton High­way, State High­way 6.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing cause of the crash. the

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