Family to farewell North Island crash victims
A mother and daughter killed in a car crash in King Country will be laid to rest on Friday.
Gaylene Bell, 34, and her daughter Chanelle King, 17, died on Sunday afternoon after a two-car crash on State Highway 3, near Te Kuiti.
Rangi Bell, who was Bell's cousin and auntie to Chanelle, said the wider family was supporting each other and "coping as best as they can".
"It's all we can do right now, just make sure the rest of her [Bell's] kids are OK and her partner is OK... That's all we can do."
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Bell and her partner had six children - three boys, three girls, whose ages ranged from 10 to 17.
Her cousin said she and Bell had been close, and she described Chanelle as "a beautiful kid".
"Very humble, shy," Rangi Bell said. "They'll both be really, really missed."
Bell and Chanelle were from Te Kuiti and both had gone to school there.
Bell's cousin said the Te Kuiti community was providing "lots of support".
Their funerals were to be held on Friday.
The pair had been heading home from Waitomo in the same car when the crash happened. Police were called about 1.30pm.
St John ambulance confirmed two people died at the scene. Two others, an elderly couple, were in the other car involved.
They were flown to Waikato Hospital with moderate injuries. A hospital spokeswoman said on Monday the pair was in a stable condition.
After the crash, police said it was too early to say what had caused it and the Serious Crash Unit was investigating.