‘These two girls were my life… my best friends’: Father’s worst nightmare as daughter, 17, dies in car crash while her younger sister fights for her life
- Tayla Alexander, 17, died in a car crash in Port Hills, New Zealand last Wednesday
- Her sister Sunmaram, who was also in the car, and is now fighting for her life
- The girls’ father Jason Alexander has addressed rumours about the accident
A heartbroken father has broken his silence after his two teenage daughters were involved in a horrific car crash that left one dead and the other in critical condition.
Tayla Alexander, 17, from Ashburton, was killed after the car she was in veered off the road and burst into flames in Port Hills, near Christchurch last Wednesday.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her younger sister Sunmara was one of the three other passengers in the car and is now in hospital in critical condition.
The girls’ father Jason Alexander has now been left with the arduous task of having to arrange one daughter’s funeral, while the other fights for her life.
Tayla Alexander, 17, was killed after the car she was in veered off the road and burst into flames in Port Hills, near Christchurch last Wednesday. Her younger sister, who was also in the car, is now fighting for her life
Mr Alexander also took to social media to address ‘rumours’ circulating about the accident, which he said has ‘completely destroyed’ him.
‘There was no other car involved, they weren’t boy racing. It’s just a tragic accident that has completely destroyed me. That is still under police investigation,’ he said in a Facebook post.
‘It destroys me more when I read and hear of rumours that are not true. Please respect my grieving, and my family and friends grieving. These 2 girls were my life, my daughters and best friends.’
Mr Alexander said Tayla is believed to have died instantly after suffering impact damage to her head.
Tayla was in the car with three other teenagers, who were all injured in the smash and taken to Christchurch Hospital. The wreck was removed from the scene on Thursday
However, Sunmara, who was trapped in the fiery wreckage, suffered severe burns and has been in and out of surgery since.
On Saturday, the heartbroken dad revealed Tayla’s body had been brought back home to Ashburton as Sunmara prepares for another surgery on Monday.
‘I miss her so badly and wish I could be there, it breaks my heart but I’m still in Auckland with Sunmara. I honestly wish I could give you all good news about Sunmara but unfortunately I can’t.’
Friends have remembered Tayla as a ‘beautiful’ girl taken too soon
‘I was informed today that there is now another problem. The burns are still the main issue but unfortunately there has been impact damage to her brain and at this stage her brain isn’t showing any signs of responding.
‘Am hoping this will improve but to be honest with you all it doesn’t look good.’
Doctors have told the family they were ‘walking on a tightrope blindfolded,’ he said.
Friends have remembered Tayla as a ‘beautiful’ girl taken too soon.
‘She put her heart on her sleeve,’ a friend who wished to remain anonymous told Stuff. ‘She was a beautiful girl and she’s going to be terribly missed.’
‘I think that’s the hard thing about being from a small town, everyone knows everyone, so from this event so many people are going to [be] affected,’ she said.
Witness Kevin Clark noted the site of the crash is in a dangerous section of road on the Port Hills, near the Victoria Park car park and Dyers Pass Rd intersection.
‘It was right on that bend, it’s a horrible corner as it is,’ Mr Clark said. ‘I’ve always taken it stupidly slow because I’ve always thought people [will] go off it if they go too quick around it.’
Police have appealed for any witnesses of the crash or anyone who saw the manner in which they were driving to come forward.
There have been 303 deaths on New Zealand’s roads this year.
Witnesses noted the site of the crash is in a dangerous section of road on the Port Hills, near the Victoria Park car park and Dyers Pass Rd intersection