Tassie family mark first anniversary of loved ones death, while also celebrating the first birthday of her baby son.

The father of Tasmanian mum, Sarah Paino, says the day will be “full of emotion” as family deal with the first anniversary of Sarah’s death, while also celebrating the first birthday of her son, shares ABC News.

Ms Paino, 24, died when a 15-year-old driving a stolen four-wheel drive ploughed into her car in the Hobart CBD on the night of January 22, 2016.

She was 32 weeks pregnant at the time and doctors were able to save her unborn baby boy, Caleb.

Her two-year-old son Jordan, who was in the back seat of the car, survived the crash unharmed.

Ms Paino’s father Michael described the past year as “a roller coaster”.

“A lot of lows but not many highs,” he said.

“People see you on the surface and everyone says you’re holding up OK. But it’s been behind closed doors when the pain really kicks in.”

Mr Paino said the anniversary would bring mixed emotions.

“Caleb doesn’t know any different, this is his first birthday without mum — that is one of many that he has got to live with,” he said.

“We are going through that grieving process of trying to get the boys to understand that mum is in heaven.

“And yes, we will celebrate for Caleb, but behind closed doors we are full of sadness and absolutely devastated.”

The teenager who killed Ms Paino was sentenced to five years in detention with a non-parole period of two-and-a-half years.

Mr Paino said he “felt nothing” at the sentencing.

“This boy, this kid, he did not look 15, he looked 12 years of age,” he said.

Our thoughts are with the family at this time. Such a bittersweet day for them.

Share your comments below. 

  • A year since the tragedy of a loss of life. It could easily have been 3.
    The lad who did this should have been charged as an adult with no parole.
    Hopefully with time you will gradually cope a bit more. I realise it is really hard with Jordan. He is missing his Mum and isn’t really old enough to understand and cope


  • I think we all have our own way of dealing with loss.
    I do hope that as each year passes it becomes more about the joy of celebrating Calebs birthday then mourning the loss of a loved one. You never forget and you never stop loving them but its wonderful when you get to the point that you can think of them with a smile rather then sadness. We all take different journeys to get to that point and some journeys are longer then others as there is no right way to get there.


  • It’s always hard to deal with the death of a loved one. But when the death is needless and pointless, occurring because of someone else’s selfish stupidity, it must be all the more difficult. So many “What ifs?”


  • I understand this must be bitter sweet for them. Bless them all !


  • Already one year since Sarah passed away. Caleb’s birthday is indeed a very difficult day. Of course you are happy for him, but at the same time you think how different life would have been, had Sarah been with them. :-(


  • Happy birthday Caleb


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