Memorials for two 12-year-old girls killed in a crash at
Rakaia at the weekend have been inundated with well-wishers
and messages of love and support.
Abigail Hone, her friend Ella Summerfield and Ella's mother
Sally, 49, died in the crash at Rakaia, 67km southwest of
Christchurch, on Saturday.
Gillian Simpson, principal of St Margaret's College, which
Ella attended, said today that students had been constantly
signing the book set up in the school chapel, and it would be
given to the Summerfield family.
"It's an amazing community that have rallied together, and
amazing to watch the senior girls caring for the younger
"It has hit us hard, but it's hit the Year Sevens and Year
Eights the hardest. Ella made friends really easily. She was
so kind, happy, a really positive person.
"She was an absolute allrounder. She gained distinction for
piano, she was netballer of the year and did athletics and
triathlon. She obviously had a huge future ahead of her with
"But everyone remembers her for her smile. She had a
Paul Wilkinson, acting principal at Sumner School, where Ella
and Abi were former students, said a memorial by a tree had
been set up for friends and loved ones to leave flowers and
"There have been lots of people constantly visiting the
tree," he said.
Hone family spokesman Darren Wright said the families' focus
was slowly turning to funeral arrangements.
"We're working through that process now."
Mrs Summerfield's husband Shane, who was driving, was injured
in the crash. He is still in a serious condition in
Dutch tourist Johannes Jacobus Appelman, 52, has been charged
over the crash and appeared in court yesterday.
- By Derek Cheng of APNZ