Husband dies in wife's arms after tragic holiday car crash

The wife of a man killed when their car was struck from behind in a holiday tragedy spent 20 minutes “holding him and telling him how loved he is and that we are okay” before he died.

Jess and James Hargraves’ two children were also in the car when it was hit by a bus on Kangaroo Island on February 2 as the family tried to make a right turn, according to a post the mum made on Facebook.

On February 4, Ms Hargraves detailed the family’s heartbreak over the loss of her “darling husband”.

James Hargraves, 36, died in wife Jess's arms following a crash on Kangaroo Island. Source: Facebook

“We are in a state of shock, disbelief and absolute devastation,” she said.

In a special gesture for her partner, Ms Hargraves said she was going to change one of their children’s names.

“I am changing Eddie’s name to James (Jimmy) Edward Hargraves in honour of his amazing daddy,” she wrote.

“For those who know him well, you will know that James was the most hands-on father out there. They are grieving hard too. Gosh that boy was loved.”

One of James' children was going to be renamed in his honour. Source: Facebook

Ms Hargraves expressed gratitude to people who had sent messages of support since the accident, saying they had been a source of comfort for her as she grieved.

“He died way too young and at the peak of his life,” she said.

A funeral was set to be held at the church where the couple were married in Adelaide this week and a memorial in Auckland on Sunday.

Emergency services were called to the crash on South Coast Road in Seal Bay about 1pm, but the 36-year-old died at the scene.

The 36-year-old died at the scene of the crash about 1pm. Source: Facebook

The driver of the bus and the passengers were uninjured, South Australia Police said.

Major Crash Officers flew over from Adelaide to examine the circumstances surrounding the crash.

There have been 10 lives lost on South Australian roads this year compared to 14 at the same time last year.

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