Family’s anguished wait to tell man in a coma of wife and son’s deaths in Brimin horror crash
Portraits of the Kilmister family. Harrison (bottom left) and Amanda (bottom right) both died in Friday night’s crash. (Supplied)
The family of a couple and their three sons who were involved in a horror crash in Victoria’s north at the weekend say they are “totally devastated” by the accident, and are rallying around the pair’s surviving children to help them cope with the tragedy.
Amanda Kilmister, 37, and her 12-year-old son, Harrison, died in the head-on crash on the Murray Valley Highway at Brimin, near Rutherglen, about 9:50pm on Friday.
Her husband, 44-year-old Paul Kilmister, remains in a coma, and as such has not been told his wife and son are dead.
Eight-month-old Austin is in a serious condition with spinal injuries, while two-year-old Morgan is said to be recovering well.
Family members say their priority is to make sure the couple’s surviving children are surrounded by loving relatives. (ABC News: Jessica Longbottom)
Mr Kilmister’s mother, Christine, said the couple’s eldest son, 14-year-old Felix, who wasn’t in the car, has taken it upon himself to support his brothers until his father wakes up.
“Young Felix has been talking to his Dad, even though he’s unconscious, talking to him about Austin, Morgan — but he hasn’t mentioned Harrison or Mummy,” she said.
“So if it’s true what they say and he knows what’s going on, he’ll know that something’s wrong.”
She said her family would do everything they could to support her son when he woke up and received the news.
“He’s not going to cope — I have to be honest — because he’s devoted. His children and his wife were his life, that’s what he worked for,” she said.
“You couldn’t get two more loving a couple. Family was all there is.”
Devoted mother and gentle son mourned
The family, from the town of Bundalong, was driving home after a meal out when police said their car collided with a truck that was travelling on the wrong side of the road.
The 31-year-old truck driver stopped and helped at the scene. He is still assisting police with their inquiries.
Amanda Kilmister’s brother, Daniel Gwynne, said the family wished the driver no malice.
“Regardless of blame or circumstance, an incident that happened in a few short minutes is likely to affect you for quite some time to come,” Mr Gwynne said.
“I hope that you have the love and support of your family to help you through this time.”
He also paid tribute to his sister.
“My sister was a really devoted Mum. She absolutely loved her family, her husband, and her boys and invested every bit of her life into supporting them and making them into being amazing young men.”
The family said Harrison Kilmister was an A-plus student who was meant for great things in this world.
“He’s such a gentle person. Him and Amanda were two peas in a pod,” his grandmother, Christine Kilmister, said.