A young Australian couple were tragically killed in a car crash while travelling home from a romantic weekend away to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
Sabine Mather, 31, and James Mather, 36, died when their gray Skoda Yeti collided with a Toyota LandCruiser that had a caravan attached to it on Sunday afternoon on Bussell Highway in Capel, about 124 miles from their home of Perth.
The couple, who were supposed to pick up their four children, was pronounced dead at the scene a day after they celebrated their seventh year anniversary.
Family members had set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for funeral arrangements as well as to help with the future care of the four children.
“On Sunday two beautiful young parents’ lives were tragically cut short on their drive home to collect their young children,” the page states.
“Those who knew Sabine and Jim Mather would describe them as a friendly, caring, and down to earth couple who were loved by everyone they met.”
The couple’s two sons, Jethro, 7, and Isaac, 5, will be taken care of by their grandparents while James’ two older daughters, Ella-Jade, 13, and Sofia, 15 will be raised by their mother.
The page has since raised more than $60,000 in one day.
Sabine’s cousin Fabienne McKirdy wrote on the page, “The children have lost their two parents and emotionally that’s hugely devastating in itself and it’s also devastating from a financial expense.”
“I think the death of two people like a double tragedy with the children losing both their parents does definitely touch a chord with people because it’s just such a devastating thing to occur.”
“You just can’t comprehend it. The reality of the fact that two people have just disappeared is such a heavy thing to absorb,” she continued.