Family release photo as crash victim fundraising tops $40k
THE Underhill family have released a photo of four-year-old Elle, who was killed in a horrific crash on the Bruxner Highway 10km east of Casino last Friday.
The tragic incident sent shock waves around the Northern Rivers and across Australia when it was revealed Elle's father, Sergeant Steve Underhill, attended the scene and was told his daughters were involved.
Family friend Tammie Valle set up a crowd funding page on website GoFundMe, which has raised more than $40,000 in just a few days.
The www.gofundme.com/snf8fzwk site has been shared more than 3500 times on social media and 601 people had donated as at 11am today.
After donating $100, Krysty Green posted: "Our thoughts and hearts go out to the Underhill family."
Lauren Nelson, who donated $25, wrote: "Words are never enough. I hope you can find peace in your hearts again one day."
Marisa Bandiera wrote: "Heartfelt sadness for your family. Feeling for you all as far as Illawong, The Sutherland Shire, Sydney. Praying for you."
Michelle and Clinton Anderson, who donated $50, posted: "Sending so much love to all of you as you grieve your precious little girl and fight for the other."
"I know what a godsend it was that we had financial help when our baby died.
"To have the time to grieve in our own time without worrying about work."
Casino's St Mary's Primary School donated $300 and posted: "On behalf of St Mary's Primary School Casino I would like to offer all our prayers, love and support towards the Underhill family. John O'Brien, Principal."
Police commissioner Andrew Scipione and Richmond LAC Superintendent Greg Martin visited Steve and Michelle Underhill at Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital on Monday where they were at the bedside of their two-year-old daughter who suffered serious injuries in the crash.
Premier Mike Baird made a special visit to Casino police station on Monday afternoon to support local police who attended the crash site.