FAMILY TRAGEDY: Devoted mum, A+ student die in horror crash; bedside vigil for husband, siblings still in hospital
RELATIVES of the Kilmister family involved in a fatal crash at Brimin on Friday night have put out a heartfelt message to their loved ones still in hospital.
The brother of the Bundalong mother of four, Amanda, whose life was claimed in the collision, spoke of her as “a devoted mother” who “really loved her family, her husband; her boys, investing every bit of her life into making them be amazing”.
“Her relationship with her children was incredibly warm and nurturing and they really were her life – she really put everything into it,” Daniel Gwynne said.
The family also lost 12 year old Harrison who was an A+ student at Wangaratta Cathedral College “who was meant for great things in this world”.
“We remember Harrison as an intelligent, happy boy whose cheekiness was starting to emerge more frequently. He was so very nice, so very thoughtful and so very kind,” Cathedral College principal Adrian Farrer said.
The family is relieved with the discharge of two year old Morgan this week, who is in the care of relatives.
Family are keeping a bedside vigil with Paul who remains in a critical but stable condition and eight month old Austin who is serious but stable.
“Right now our families are banding together to rally behind Paul and Austin as we slowly understand the full extent of their conditions and the anticipation of their long and difficult recovery,” Mr Gwynne said.
“Our immediate priority is to ensure that Felix and Morgan (brothers) are surrounded with loving family.
“It’s important for them to continue to have stability over the coming months and for Felix in particular to be among his friends and the support of the greater Bundalong community.”
Relatives are hoping Paul will regain consciousness later this week and they’re preparing themselves to support him as he learns of the tragic events.
Paul has been unconscious since the crash and the family believes that he is still unaware of the circumstances.
“We’re cautiously optimistic of Paul’s long-term outlook but we’re very much aware that this is going to be a rehabilitation that’s likely to go six months, perhaps longer,” Mr Gwynne said.
Austin is sedated, he has a cervical fracture and it’s unclear of the extent of any spinal cord injuries at this stage.
The family extends its heartfelt thanks to emergency service personnel and hospital staff who have provided the care for their loved ones.
They also thanked the Bundalong community and Mr Farrer for reaching out to them and his ongoing support over this period.
Relatives also sent a message to the truck driver involved in the collision that their thoughts are with him at this difficult time.
“Regardless of blame or circumstance an incident that happened in a few short minutes is likely to affect you for quite some time to come,” Mr Gwynne said.
“I hope that you have the love and support of your family through this time.”
A Go Fund Me page in support of the family has been created and to make a donation visit https:// www.gofundme.com/kilmisterfamily.
LOVED: The Kilmister family (from left, top) Felix (14), Paul (44), Amanda (37); (bottom) Harrison (12), Morgan (2) and Austin (8 months).