Cruel fraudsters reportedly set up a fundraising page in a disturbing effort to cash in on the death of a teenage girl killed hours earlier in a car crash.
Tayla Alexander, 17, was killed in a crash in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Wednesday evening (local time), according to the New Zealand Herald.
A short time later a page emerged on fundraising website Go Get Funding along with a photo of the teenager and the headline “Tayla Alexander Funeral Fund”, purporting to have been created by the girl’s sister.
The teen’s family were then forced to beg people not to donate to the page, which claimed to be fundraising money for her funeral.
“As sad as this can be there is someone pretending to be Sunmara asking for funds for our baby Tayla Alexander please be aware that this is not her as she is unable to be posting this,” a relative wrote to Facebook.
“That's so disgusting! Hope they face karma thinking it's okay to do this. So sad for someone to try and take advantage at such a tragic time,” another person said in a comment.
Tayla’s sister Sunmara was also in the car at the time of the crash, and is currently in a critical condition in Auckland Hospital, according to the siblings’ dad Jason Alexander.
In a post to Facebook on Friday, Mr Alexander confirmed it was his daughter Tayla that was killed in the accident, which did not involve any other vehicles.
“It sounds like it was quite quick for her￼. She suffered impact damage to her head,” he wrote.
“The other child in critical care is also my baby girl Sunmara, she was trapped in the car and has had very bad burns. She is now in Auckland Hospital undergoing surgery.
“She is in a very bad way and has a 10 per cent chance of surviving, but she is fighting really hard and isn’t giving up. There was no other car involved, they weren’t boy racing. It’s just a tragic accident that has completely destroyed me.”
“These two girls were my life, my daughters and best friends.”
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