Crash vic­tim set to marry

Waikato Times - - Front Page - Phillipa Yalden

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.

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