The grieving family of a pregnant mother killed in a high-speed crash in Hobart is being supported by Australians with a crowdfunding campaign that has now surpassed its original $120,000 target – in just two days.
It is alleged a stolen SUV failed to stop at an intersection, hitting the car Sarah Paino, 24, was driving at 1am on Friday. Sarah had just dropped off her partner, Daniel Stirling to work at a Hobart bakery.
The fundraising campaign set up on Friday night by Mr Stirling’s employer has already raised $145,726 by Sunday afternoon.
Financial support has been shown by almost 3000 people who have donated to the cause, many offering words of comfort to the grieving family.
Telli Armstrong wrote, “Being the mother of a toddler myself, this story broke my heart. Even more so when I found out that it was someone I went to school with! My thoughts and prayers are with Daniel and family.”
Sarah, who was 32 weeks pregnant, died at the scene of the crash, while her two-year-old boy, who was also in the car, survived the crash with minor injuries.
Her baby boy was later delivered by doctors at the Royal Hobart Hospital, where he remains in intensive care.
It is believed that Daniel has remained at his newborn’s bedside since the crash.
A candlelight vigil was held for Sarah at the crash site in Hobart on Saturday night, with more than 150 people in attendance.
Four teenagers, aged between 12 and 15, have been charged in relation to the smash. The 15-year-old alleged driver of the car has been charged with manslaughter and stealing a car.