Two British children stranded in New Zealand after their mother died in a tragic crash during holiday
Two British children have been stranded thousands of miles away in New Zealand for Christmas after a head-on car crash killed their mother and left her spouse severely injured, according to reports. The children, identified as Ben and Olivia Sargeant — aged six and nine — were enjoying a dream holiday with their parents Kerry and Jules Sargent in New Zealand when the tragedy occurred.
Reports state that 42-year-old Kerry, while going for a night out for dinner with her friends, was killed in a brutal road crash near Whangarei, north of Auckland, while 49-year-old Jules, who was also in the vehicle, suffered life-threatening injuries.
Reports state that the two children were also present in the car and were left hanging upside down in the wreckage when the vehicle overturned. Although they escaped physical injury, they were left badly traumatized by the incident.
Kerry, who was sitting in the front seat, died at the scene on October 20. Another woman, identified as 65-year-old Mary Peneamena, from Auckland was also killed in the incident. She was reportedly in the second vehicle which collided with the Sargents' car.
Jules reportedly is battling to recover, however, is not well enough to return to Britain, which means that the children will remain stranded in the country, far from their home. Reports state that the two children will now have to spend their Christmas in Whangarei will be schooled in New Zealand while their mother undergoes physical therapy. Jules broke her ribs, hip, right leg and two vertebra in the accident, her toes were also dislocated. Reports state that it could take her years to recover from her injuries. The children are reportedly being cared for by their mother's friends.
Ben and Olivia Sargent, aged six and nine, and their two mothers Kerry and Julie, were involved in a two-car crash in Whangarei. #9Newshttps://t.co/TzAcW8EMuB— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) December 21, 2018
Reports state that Ben, while talking to his mother, said that he cannot remember the good times before the crash. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the children, in an attempt to raise £10,000 and help the family create some "magical moments that they can all look forward to."
Family friend Alan York, while talking to the Mirror, said: "Currently, Jules is recuperating in New Zealand with the friends she went out to visit and will need a substantial period of recovery before the family can return to England."