Tributes are flowing for a mother of eight who died in a tragic car accident on the NSW Central Coast along with two of her children.
Samantha Smith, 32, her 10-year-old son and six-year-old daughter died at the scene when their Toyota Prado veered off Wisemans Ferry Road at Central Mangrove and rolled down an embankment, hitting a tree.
Ms Smith was driving with five of her children in the car at the time. Three boys, aged one, five, and nine, were treated at the scene before being airlifted to John Hunter Hospital where they remain in stable conditions.
'Loving mother and friend'
Ms Smith’s partner Dean Holmes is reportedly devastated by the accident, with a GoFundMe page to help him care for his children set up by a friend of the family, Adele Pate.
"I'm asking for any help that can be giving to support this wonderful woman's partner. Due to this tragedy Dean can no longer work due to looking after the children," Ms Pate wrote on the wrote the GoFundMe page.
"Sam was a loving kind amazing caring mother daughter partner and friend," she continued, adding she "would go out of her way to help anyone."
"I’m going to miss her, if you were ever in any trouble she’d be the first person you would go to," Ms Pate told the Daily Telegraph.
“But her kids were her main priority, it was always just her kids, she was just a fantastic mum - I‘m going to be so lost without her.”
Investigation into the crash is ongoing
A 37-year-old driver who was travelling on Wisemans Ferry Road came across the crash and notified emergency services. He was taken to the hospital for mandatory testing but is believed to just be passing by.
Police are investigating whether or not one of the children had already passed away when they were hit by a passing car after being thrown onto the road.
“We are in the very early stages of our investigation and we will be doing our best to investigate all the circumstances to prepare our findings for the coroner, and also to provide some closure for the family involved,” Supt Jobson said.
“I’d like to put out a message to any members of the community who may have been in the area, who may have seen something of interest to us involving this vehicle, please come forward.”
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