Crash victim set to marry
A man killed in a crash in the King Country earlier this week was set to marry his childhood sweetheart in Raglan next weekend.
Family are now rallying to support TeRina Borell who was due to celebrate her seven-year anniversary to partner Sam Haimona-Winiata Warren on Tuesday – the day after he died in a crash.
The 25-year-old Te Kuiti man and a friend were on their way home from a family barbecue when their car crashed on Waitete Road (SH30) around 9pm.
A passenger in the car was taken to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.
Borell and Warren were childhood friends who formed a relationship at high school and were set to marry at a resort near Raglan’s Whale Bay on October 20.
The dress was bought, the resort was paid for, the catering was booked, Borell’s cousin Sonya Stott told Stuff yesterday.
‘‘They were childhood friends, high school sweethearts, they did everything together – just best mates.
‘‘He was an amazing guy – a friend to everybody and it’s such a big loss.’’
Warren proposed to Borell on Christmas Day in 2016. Having a love for the beach, the couple wanted to marry in Raglan where they intended to move to be closer to Warren’s brother and sister-inlaw and nephews.
‘‘They were going all out, they were only going to do it once and do it big.’’
Warren was a ‘‘mate to everybody’’, Stott said.
A guy always up for a chat who loved his family – brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews.
He’d taken time off from work at Universal Beef Packers Te Kuiti starting this week, leading up to the wedding and the couple intended to take a honeymoon.
Borell was planning on having a hair trial with Stott this Monday ahead of the big day.
‘‘I think everyone is feeling it. TeRina is really strong, she’s going through the motions – every now and then we’ll see a smile.
‘‘This young couple had their whole lives ahead of them and what was supposed to be the happiest time of her life is now a devastating time.
‘‘They were inseparable, best friends who did everything together as well as being full time carers for her elderly father Dave who suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s.’’
Stott has set up a Givealittle page to help support Borell.
Funds raised will help TeRina with funeral costs and anything else she may need.
‘‘We wish we could do more to ease her pain so we are kindly asking for any donations to take some of TeRina’s financial burden, so that she can take her time to grieve and farewell the love of her life,’’ she said on the Givealittle page.
It was understood that Borell was travelling home from the barbecue in a separate car behind Warren when the crash happened.
Waikato road policing manager Inspector Marcus Lynam said that the driver of the car was flung out upon impact and died of his injuries.
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash and whether speed, alcohol, or seatbelts were a factor, he said.
Warren will be farewelled at the Les Munroe Centre in Te Kuiti at 11am on Monday.