Rakaia crash girl's mum blogs of loss

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 05:00 04/07/2014
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MOURNED: Abi Hone, 12, was in year 8 at Rangi Ruru Girls' School.

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The mother of a Christchurch schoolgirl killed in a triple-fatality crash near Rakaia has dedicated a new blog to the victims.

In her first post, Lucy Hone lamented the death of her daughter Abi Hone, 12, Ella Summerfield, 12, and Ella's mother, Sally Rumble, 49, in "a moment of motorised madness".

Dutch businessman Johannes Jacobus Appelman, 52, drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Somerton Rd and Thompsons Track, near Rakaia, about 3.55pm on May 31.

His rented Subaru station wagon smashed into an eastbound Volvo, driven by Sally Rumble's husband, Shane Summerfield.

Sally Rumble, Abi and Ella died on impact. Shane Summerfield spent two days in an induced coma in Christchurch Hospital.

Appelman, who had crashed a different rental car about 1am that day, pleaded guilty to four charges relating to the crash.

Hone started her blog, called What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? on Monday.

She dedicated it to Sally Rumble, Ella, and "our own little Abi". She wrote of the pain of losing her daughter.

"No more bouncing into our office after school, all blonde hair, big smile, tales of her day. No more snuggling in bed, smooth warm skin and sticky-out shoulder blades. No more nothing," she wrote.

Sally Rumble had been a "dear friend" for the past eight or nine years.

"She was one of the most creative, clever, loyal, loving friends a woman could ever hope for," Hone said.

Ella had been one of her daughter's best friends.

"They died too; killed instantly in a moment of motorized madness," she wrote.

The blog would explore how to get more out of life.

"As I am forced to forge on without you by my side, I plan . . . to explore what it is to live well, and squeeze as much as we can out of our wild and precious lives," Hone wrote.

In Appelman's earlier crash, his rented car left Johns Rd, near Christchurch Airport, ending up in a ditch.

Appelman last month pleaded guilty to three counts of careless driving causing death and will be sentenced this month.

Read Gone, but never forgotten here.

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