Aussie mum pays tribute to 'adventurous' teen struck by car
Levi Hanna, 14, passed away over the weekend a few days after he was hit by a car when getting off the school bus.
A Queensland mum has paid tribute to her "precious boy" who died in hospital after being struck by a car last week on his way home from school.
Levi Hanna had not long been dropped off by his school bus when he was struck by a car in Canina, near his hometown of Gympie in Queensland. The teenager was rushed to hospital where he remained since the accident on February 1 but sadly passed away over the weekend.
In the statement Lilly Zrehen spoke of her "kind, adventurous and full of laughter" son who was quick to make the family smile and was capable of always finding humour in a situation. The tribute continued to share that Levi had many friends and enjoyed spending his time doing his hobbies including fishing and footy.
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"Our boy loved his fishing and footy. He was always so close to nature and animals, any creature that moved he would pick up no matter how slippery, slimy, scaly or hairy," " Ms Zrehen said.
Community "heartbroken" by death of Levi
Levi's footy club organised a community farewell for their "little legend" in true Australian style, with sausage sizzles and drinks being offered at the gathering. Members were also encouraged to celebrate Levi by paying homage to his hobbies.
"Please come dressed in your favourite fishing or footy gear and don't forget the Akubra," Gympie Junior Rugby Club wrote on Facebook, accompanied by a "heartbroken" status.
The post was flooded with comments from attendees and pictures showing a beautiful sunset that was overhead while the community gathered in remembrance.
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The donation option in a GoFundMe page created by Levi's stepmum has since been switched off after an outpouring of financial support from the community helped the family double their fundraising goal of $10,000.
Petrina Hanna thanked the community and said the family were "overwhelmed with support".
"The funds are going to help Scarlett and her life going forward without her big brother by her side," Ms Hanna wrote.
The outpouring of support was deeply appreciated by the family and Ms Zrehen made a special mention to Gympie Junior Rugby League club for being "extremely supportive" during the difficult time.
"The Gympie community has made us feel so welcome and like a family", she said.
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