A seven-year-old boy has been left paralysed following a horrific Mother’s Day crash that killed his older sister and left five other members of his family in hospital.
Sophie-Lea Marlow, 15, was killed on Sunday when their family’s 4WD rolled on Germein Gorge Road at Bangor, in South Australia’s mid north.
Her heartbroken father, Matthew Marlow, has now revealed that his son, Levi, who was severely injured in the collision was also paralysed.
“Sophie was very loved in Orroroo and we will miss her for ever and ever,” Mr Marlow wrote in a local community Facebook group, thanking them for their “overwhelming” support.
“We love her so much and I have never felt so much pain in my life.
“My heart bleeds for my son knowing he will never walk again and if I could change places with him I would.”
Their mother, Karlee Marlow, who was behind the wheel of the car, was taken to Port Pirie Hospital with her four daughters following the crash. Neither she or her daughters suffered life threatening injuries.
All six children on board were wearing their seat belts.
“She just feels guilty, blaming herself,” Mr Marlow said following the crash.
“I don’t blame her. That’s why they call it an accident. Accidents happen, they just happened to the wrong people.”
A GoFundMe page created to help with funeral and medical expenses has raised more than $19,000 in the past two days.