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Heartbreaking twist after young woman's death on Aussie highway

The sister of Odetta Maxwell who died after flipping her car this week has revealed how several 'catastrophic' car accidents have affected her family.

The sister of a South Australian woman killed in a fatal car crash has revealed a heartbreaking detail in the wake of her sibling's death.

Odetta Maxwell, 25, was travelling along Port Wakefield Highway, just north of Adelaide, on Tuesday when it's believed she veered off the road, before flipping and landing in nearby scrubland.

According to reports, the 25-year-old — who was alone in the car — managed to climb out of the wreck, but her condition deteriorated shortly after being airlifted to hospital. South Australia Police said the woman sustained "serious injuries" and passed away at the Royal Adelaide Hospital on Wednesday. Her death is the 11th life lost on South Australian roads in 2023, compared with four at this time last year.

Odetta Maxwell died in a car crash on a South Australian highway.
Odetta Maxwell, 25, died in a car crash on a South Australian highway. Source: Facebook

Both parents brain damaged after separate car accidents

In a heartfelt fundraiser page set up for Ms Maxwell's funeral expenses, her sister Isobel Vlahiotis revealed that both of their parents had also survived separate "catastrophic car accidents" which left them both with brain injuries.

"Odetta dedicated much of her time caring for both parents," Ms Vlahiotis wrote. "Her life was challenging, juggling caring for her parents and her other commitments, as she was so passionate about all that she did."

Their mother, now 53, was not expected to live past 37 years old and was told her injuries meant she'd never have children, Ms Vlahiotis told 7News.

Odetta Maxwell's wrecked car after coming off the Port Wakefield Highway, just north of Adelaide. Credit: 7News
Ms Maxwell was driving along the Port Wakefield Highway, just north of Adelaide when she veered off the road. Credit: 7News

"My mother was revived five times when she was eight years old after crossing the road and being hit by a car. My father hit a Stobie pole at 37 and had a 2% chance of survival," she explained.

Ms Vlahiotis described her sister as a "shining star" and said she'd "give you the shoes from her feet and walk barefoot by your side to see you in less pain". Ms Maxwell was "impressive, intelligent, beautiful and larger than life," according to her sister who spoke about the tragic loss online.

Woman had bright music career ahead

Ms Maxwell was a budding musician who performed under the title Pink Wasabi. She featured on Triple J's unearthed in 2019 with her hits 'Tides' and 'Killers'. In a poignant post on Facebook, Adelaide record label Futuresounds said they were "deeply saddened" by her death and said she was a "huge part" of their community.

"She was unbelievably driven, full of boundless ideas, and produced some of the most genuinely exciting, idiosyncratic music that we've ever heard," they wrote. "Beyond all else, she was simply a good human and she will be greatly missed."

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