Father reveals heartbreaking words his young son said before he was killed in a horrible car accident
A father has revealed the heartbreaking words his young son first said 10 days before he was killed in a terrible highway accident with his mother and three brothers and sisters.
Charmaine Harris McLeod, 35, died immediately on Monday evening when she overtook a truck on the Bunya Highway off Kumbia, Queensland.
Her children Aaleyn, six, Matilda, five, Wyatt, four, and Zaidok, two, also died in the inferno three hours away from their home in Hervey Bay.
Deeply sad father James McLeod remembered the last time he saw his children for the fatal accident on Wednesday.
Deeply sad father James McLeod (pictured with his children) on Wednesday remembered the last time he saw his children before the fatal accident
Charmaine Harris McLeod & # 39; s children (from left to right) Wyatt, 4, Aaleyn, 6, Zaidok, 2, and Matilda, 5, also died in the inferno three hours away from their home in Hervey Bay
Mr. McLeod said The courier post it was the first time that Zaidok told him that he loved him.
& # 39; Young Zaidok – he was just a little adventurer. A loving and kind boy, & McLeod said.
& # 39; The last guided visit I had with them, not last Saturday but on the previous Saturday, he actually said that he loves me, Daddy, to me. Just out of the blue. & # 39;
McLeod said his youngest & # 39; a great little boy & # 39; was developing well.
He said that all his children & # 39; beautiful souls & # 39; were loved by everyone they met at daycare, church, and school.
& # 39; Each of them had its own character. They were not all the same, & he said.
Mystery surrounds where McLeod went when the accident occurred, while the car drove south along the Bunya Highway, about three hours from home.
According to police, the family drove from the Bundaberg area, about 90 minutes north of Hervey Bay.
& # 39; I love them very much and they will definitely be missed (sic) with all my heart & # 39 ;, McLeod wrote
A 2017 family picnic with the four children and the husband of Mrs. McLeod, James and sister Katie
Her husband James McLeod told Daily Mail Australia that neither he, nor friends or family knew what her destination was, and the police were not wiser.
A few weeks before the tragic death of the family, McLeod claimed she was abandoned by her church when she needed it most.
Mrs. McLeod went to the Bayside Christian Church in Hervey Bay for 17 years every Sunday, until she left abruptly, then explained why they were in a Facebook post last month.
& # 39; I feel that if you can't comprehend or understand God / healing, when they think you should have, you just stay behind &, she wrote.
The single mother said she asked for support after her marriage failed in early 2018, but & # 39; very, very few & # 39; received.
& # 39; They were always too busy, no item of clothing or a piece of bread was offered, let alone protected … I feel like I did it alone & # 39 ;, she wrote.
& # 39; These are the things that Jesus did, he ate with the less fortunate. I asked for surgery, and yes, I have had many operations, but they don't – they do it for others. & # 39;
Charmaine Harris McLeod, 35, died in a horrible frontal highway accident with her four children
Her daughters Matilda, 5 and Aaleyn, 6, died of the crash on Monday evening with their two little brothers
In the hours after Mrs. McLeod's death, friends accused the Bayside church of failing to help one of its members when she screamed for help & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I hope your church thinks about this, because she is no longer there for you to help her or her children & # 39 ;, someone wrote.
However, the church insisted that she do everything in her power to help her and that she offered many hours of support when she needed it.
& # 39; Until last week, people were in contact with Charmaine. Our door was always open to Charmaine when she needed help and that is new, & it replied.
& # 39; Unfortunately, people's lives and situations are not always black and white. We were always trying to reach Charmaine and help us as much as she would allow us. & # 39;
Bayside Church said McLeod was a personal friend of many church members who spent time with her during the week to provide support.
McLeod attended the Bayside Christian Church for 17 years every Sunday (pictured) until she left abruptly and called it for a Facebook review in April
& # 39; We are all very sad and suffering from this tragic loss. Charmaine was a wonderful person with four incredible children, & # 39; wrote the church
The church erected a memorial for McLeod and her children in the church and invited members to come in and pay their respects
& # 39; We organized professional counseling for her, which she still attended regularly, we provided meals when needed, cared for her children, prayed with her many times, visited her at home, and the list goes on & # 39; she wrote.
& # 39; We can safely say that we could have done more, but frankly we were there for Charmaine when she needed us.
& # 39; We are all very sad and suffering from this tragic loss. Charmaine was a wonderful person with four incredible children. & # 39;
Much of the tribute to Mrs. McLeod who flooded the social media on Tuesday and Wednesday, emphasized her strong belief.
& # 39; Charmaine, you and your children brought so much joy and laughter to our church community in Bayside, praying for your family in this difficult time & someone wrote.
Mrs. McLeod volunteered for the Youth in Search charity, which helped young people run a risk – some of them paid homage after her death.
A fundraising campaign set up by Mrs. McLeod's sister, Katie Harris, to pay for funeral expenses, raised more than $ 7,000, while the rest was donated to Youth in Search.
She and her husband moved from the parental home in Howard, west of Hervey Bay, last May, and sold many assets through Facebook in the following months.
& # 39; We will all miss them very much & # 39 ;, wrote the church on her Facebook page
& # 39; I have had no problems at all, just for family reasons, & # 39; she wrote in a message that someone advertised to take over the lease.
Just a few days before the crash, she was looking for painting classes in Hervey Bay and surrounded her older daughter Ally.
Rescuers described the crash as & # 39; catastrophic & # 39; and one of the worst scenes they have ever been to.
Three of McLeod & # 39; s children could not be rescued and died in the back seat of the station wagon of the family, and a fourth child was rushed to the hospital, but died en route.
Deeply sad father James McLeod made a brief statement on Tuesday evening, while the city mourned their death.
& # 39; I love them very much and they will certainly be missed (sic) with all my heart & # 39 ;, he wrote.
& # 39; They were beautiful souls and loved by everyone they knew. & # 39;
McLeod, 35, died immediately on Monday evening when she was raiding a truck on the Bunya Highway near Kumbia, Queensland, with her children
Friends offered their love and support to Mr. McLeod on social media in the aftermath of the tragedy.
& # 39; James McLeod I'm here for you … sorry for your four angels, & # 39; wrote a friend.
Friends and family flooded social media with their own tribute to the family and praised her selflessness in caring for her children.
& # 39; I have never seen a single mother, let alone four give up so much for their children & # 39 ;, wrote a friend.
& # 39; I can't believe what I woke up about this. I should never have happened. I am so frightened and hurt, this is so terrible, life is so unfair & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Those children were something else that I tell you and lived like princes and princesses for their short lives they had, but there was nothing materialistic about them they were just so happy and loved and their happiness came before everything. & # 39 ;
Mrs. McLeod was remembered as remembered as a & # 39; amazing & # 39; woman whose & # 39; children were her world & # 39;
Another friend wrote: & # 39; You were always there for me when I needed a friend and you always gave me the kick-up I needed. I miss you. & # 39;
& # 39; You will always be in my heart & # 39 ;.
A neighbor, Gary Loweke, who mowed the grass in front of McLeod, said they were a friendly family and that the children often hop on the street or play with their bikes.
& # 39; It's a bloody disaster … that four kids waved at us every day as we passed, & # 39; said Mr. Loweke.
& # 39; Charmaine was friendly, she was very kind … she was very good with the children. If she were not there, her sister would be there, but she was never far from her family.
& # 39; They will be greatly missed on the street, all the houses around us had young children and they all played together.
& # 39; The smallest guy, he just sat there and when he saw you, he would get up where he was and give you the biggest wave. It's hard not to see that. & # 39;
& # 39; Those children were something else I tell you and lived like princes and princesses for their short lives they had, but there was nothing materialistic about them they were just so happy and loved and their happiness came before everything & # 39 ;, a friend said.
Rescuers described the crash as & # 39; catastrophic & # 39; and one of the worst scenes they have ever been to
Shocked and heartbroken friends in her hometown of Hervey Bay, Queensland, paid homage in the hours after the catastrophic accident
According to police, McLeod appeared to be overtaking a truck when she bumped into an oncoming vehicle.
Rescuers at the crash scene described what they thought of as & # 39; catastrophic & # 39; were confronted and found it & # 39; extremely traumatic and disturbing & # 39 ;.
The McLeod truck also caught fire, but the driver, a 47-year-old man, escaped and was taken to the hospital for his injuries.
He is supposed to have burned his arms as he heroically tried to free the family from the car when it went up in flames.
The woman, 35, drove to South Burnett, Queensland at 7:20 pm when she withdrew to catch up with a truck. On the photo: the wreck of the truck
Kawungan State School, in Hervey Bay, said the community & # 39; deeply shocked and sad & # 39; was by the death of the two oldest children.
& # 39; They were both happy and friendly children who will be greatly missed by all their friends and teachers, & # 39; said Chief Jones
& # 39; Our thoughts and genuine sympathies go out to the family, caregivers, friends and loved ones in this difficult time.
& # 39; Support is provided to students and staff, and counselors stay at the school to provide support in every possible way and for as long as needed. & # 39;
A local police officer told Channel 9: "It is certainly one of the worst accidents I have ever seen. It is only a tragedy for all involved. & # 39;
Ambulance Service Assistant Commissioner Stephen Zsombok said that paramedics have been traumatized by the scene.
The mother and three of her children, all younger than 10, were declared dead on the spot (photo)
& # 39; These are very experienced officers and they have described this as tragic, extremely traumatic with people who are clearly involved in the car that was set on fire, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Smoke, fire, our officers went through that dangerous scene to get to the child they could work on … Unfortunately, that child died.
& # 39; Our heart goes out to the family and friends of those people. & # 39;
The investigation is continuing and the police are expected to stay on site for hours.
The crash happened 7 km outside of Kumbia on the Bunya Highway, south of the exit for the Bunya Mountains, towards Dalby.
The crash happened 7 km outside of Kumbia on the Bunya Highway, south of the exit for the Bunya Mountains, towards Dalby. Pictured: the scene
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