Funeral for couple killed in crash held
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