Brother mourns crash victims

The brother of one of the victims of the car crash at Rakaia that took three lives last weekend has spoken of the pain and sadness of losing "three of the most important people in our lives in one swift, sudden and final hit".

In an emotional post of Facebook yesterday, Ed Hone, older brother of Abi Hone, said the crash that took the lives of Abi, Ella Summerfield and her mother Sally on Saturday was "without a doubt the worst thing that has ever happened to our families".

Mrs Summerfield's husband Shane Summerfield, who was driving, is recovering in Christchurch Hospital. Dutch tourist Johannes Jacobus Appelman has been charged with careless driving causing death in relation to the incident.

"Words cannot do justice to the pain, irregularity, loneliness, loss and love that losing our little Abi, the lovely Ella and one of the most kind, giving and approachable Mum that Sally was," Ed Hone wrote.

"The last few days have been seriously rough in the Hone house. Moods swinging from beautiful happiness, to unspeakable sadness, and the most odd feeling of normality.

"I am confident that we could not have provided Abi and Ella with a more perfect life, and I know for the 12 years that Abi was around, she will have lived them to the very fullest. She was loved by all and all loved her.

"It is easy to contemplate the obscene amount of coincidences that have to occur in the right order at the right time, in the right place to the right people in order for a car crash to occur. It is easy to think that maybe if I'd said that last word to Abi before she left the car that morning, that car would have missed them."

He pleaded for people not to be angry at Appelman.

"It is also easy to simply shift our blame and anger to the driver of the vehicle that hit them. This is not only completely inhuman and wrong but also completely insensitive. To all the people out there who feel anger for the man who hit them, do not.

"The fact of the matter is, that man did not get out of bed that day and say to himself that he was going to murder three people. If you blame him, then you simply do not get it. Everyone has to understand that the man will be feeling every bit as hurt as we all are."

He asked people to pray for Shane Summerfield's recovery.

"I have never been a believer in a God or a greater force, but I think our thoughts and prayers should be with Shane at this time and that we make sure he pulls through for Sam. Because sh*t is Sam going to need his Dad."

He described the amazing community support the family had received.

"You have no idea what it feels like to know that people care for you that much.

"On the morning after the accident our family went down to cave rock. We got out the car not really sure what to expect from the situation. As we got closer, the mass of people there began to hit me in particular. You know she was well loved when at least 100 people turn up to a completely unofficial meeting to comfort us.

"For those of you who do not live in Sumner, you will never understand what kind of a community it is. To get down there and see the boys and girls I had grown up with and knew so well was the most touching gesture. You Sumner boys and Girls are there for me and my family when we need you, and I'll sure as hell make sure I'm there for you when you need me.

"To my beautiful, little, perfect, silly , funny sister Abi. I love you my little girl."


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