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.


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  • So painful to hear about.


  • Such a cruel tragedy, so sorry for their family. Sounds like they have a magnificent dad. Hope they find happiness in the future.


  • Not only Daniel grieving the loss of Sarah, he has to cope with the grieving of his 2 year old son as well, possibly on-going for quite awhile as he asks questions and it will be hard for him to understand no matter how good an answer Daniel or anybody else can give him. I hope they are both given grief and other counselling to get through this. I also hope that relatives and friends don’t forget they still need support after a few months. When everybody thinks you are OK after a few weeks or months is often when you need somebody to talk to, even sometimes for them to be good listeners. When my Mum passed away, everybody rallied arund me for about 3 weeks which was fantastic. About 6 months later I had to seek help just to find somebody I could talk to about everything and not shut me out within 5 minutes.


  • heart breaking story, many blessings to them all x


  • the parents of the offenders (all of them) should be charged with something they the children are all minors the parents are responsible for their children’s actions, their actions has left a boy and the new arrival without their mother, heartache for husband, family and friends. Very well done to all who donated and to the employers GOD BLESS


  • heartbreaking story, I love that Aussies all get behind each other when the going gets tough


  • A sad sad story but so happy to hear about the support they are being given.


  • yes very sad. i am glad that this money is being raised.


  • Such a sad sad story :( RIP Sarah xx


  • What a dreadful set of circumstances.


  • How great to see that the crowdfunding is functioning so good!
    What a big shock. Poor Daniel. I hope the baby will make it.
    Those teenagers will have poor Sarah on their conscience forever!


  • Glad they are raising awareness on this issue too. Hopefully it will have a positive impact on people’s driving habits. Such a tragedy.


  • Tragic incident.May her children always be looked after. I’m sure she’ll be looking down from heaven.


  • Lke hj


  • Such a reckless act by these teenagers. That accident has destroyed more then one family as the teenagers family will lose there children aswell. My heart goes to the father who has remained by his childs side. My thoughts and prayers are with that child.xx On a lighter note this is why i love being australian… all that money raised by every day aussies when another aussie is in need is awesome.


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