Fifteen-year-old Sophie Marlow, who tragically lost her life in a car accident on Sunday morning, is being remembered by her school as a talented and enthusiastic musician.
Orroroo Area School’s Principal Matt Dignan has said in a statement that the school community is shocked and deeply saddened by the loss.
“The grief is still very raw but at the appropriate time we will reach out to the family to discuss a way of paying tribute to her and the positive influence she had on the life of our school.”
“She was a talented and enthusiastic musician and a positive, cheerful presence in our school”, Mr Dignan said.
Her father, Matthew Marlow expressed his pain on a Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon saying he has never been in this much pain.
“We love her so much and I have never felt so much pain in my life. Sophie was very loved in Orroroo and we will miss her for ever and ever.”
Sophie, from a family of 11, was in the car with her brother Levi, 7 who was seriously injured and airlifted to hospital in Adelaide, and four of her siblings, who have received non-life threatening injuries.
Levi remains in a hospital in Adelaide and according to his father, who posted on the Orroroo Buy, Swap and Sell page, will never walk again.
“My heart bleeds for my son knowing he will never walk again and if I could change places with him I would”, Mr Marlow said.
The girl’s 35-year-old mother was driving a Toyota towards Port Germein, on a straight stretch of Germein Gorge Road, when the car left the road and rolled near Willow Dam Road.
A family friend has set up a Go Fund Me page to help the family cover the funeral costs and on-going medical expenses, which has already raised close to $20,000.
The page asks people to open their hearts and assist the Marlow family in their long journey ahead.
The family have expressed their appreciation to the Orroroo community, as they continue the grieving process.
“Thank you so much everyone in the Orroroo community who have helped out in any way they could. The support is overwhelming and greatly appreciated thank you”, Mr Marlow said.
The Orroroo Area School has arranged for counselling for the students and teachers, and will continue to provide this support to those who need it into the future.
The other siblings in the car were a 4-year-old girl, 7-year-old girl, 9-year-old girl and 11-year-old girl.
Germein Gorge Road was re-opened to traffic on Sunday night, after major crash investigators attended from Adelaide.
The cause of the accident still remains unknown, and the mother is assisting police in their investigation.
Anyone with information about the crash who has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online.
The girl’s death brings the state’s road toll to 29, compared to 27 at the same time last year.