FAM­ILY TRAGEDY: De­voted mum, A+ stu­dent die in hor­ror crash; bed­side vigil for hus­band, sib­lings still in hos­pi­tal

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - BY STEVE KELLY skelly@ ne­me­dia.com.au

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).

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