Pictured: Girl, 6, killed when a buggy she and SIX other children were riding on flipped – as her distraught mum demands ‘justice’ and a family friend is charged
- A little girl has been tragically killed in a buggy crash in Gippsland, Victoria
- Olivia Stevens was visiting farm of family friends with parents Scott and Yana
- She was joyriding in a packed buggy which rolled about 4pm on Saturday
- Paramedics attended and airlifted her to hospital but sadly died from injuries
- The driver of the buggy Damien Gibson, 33, has been charged over the crash
Olivia Stevens (pictured) was tragically killed in a buggy crash in Victoria’s Gippsland area
A shattered mother is demanding justice after her six-year-old daughter was tragically killed when a buggy she was joyriding in with six other children flipped.
Scott and Yana Stevens visited the farm of family friends on Saturday in rural Victoria with their daughter, Olivia, who squeezed into the four-seater buggy for the off-road ride with the other children – all under 10.
The vehicle rolled in a paddock at the Rosedale farm just after 4pm, causing Olivia critical injuries. She was flown by helicopter to hospital but sadly she later died.
‘The whole family is shattered. I don’t know if we will ever be the same. The house is quiet without her… I want justice,’ Ms Stevens said told The Herald Sun.
Ms Stevens, who emigrated to Australia from Eastern Europe, and her husband are a well-known young family in the Gippsland region, running a dental practice Heyfield.
The tragedy has left the community shocked, with Olivia’s gymnastics teacher Regan McDonald describing her as outgoing and friendly.
‘She was very kind hearted and willing to give everything a go,’ Ms McDonald said.
‘She had the cutest little laugh and told some really good jokes. It was heartbreaking to hear she didn’t make it.’
Olivia (pictured centre) had been visiting the farm of family friends with her father Scott (left) and her mother Yana (right)
The driver of the buggy Damien Gibson, 33, appeared in Sale Magistrate’s Court on Monday via video with his arm in a sling after he was also injured in the crash.
He is also well-known in the Gippsland region as managing director of fertiliser company Gibson’s Groundspread.
Mr Gibson has been charged by Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives with culpable driving, dangerous driving causing death, reckless conduct endangering life and recklessly causing injury over the crash.
Detective Sergeant Roz Wilson said the investigation was still being carried out.
‘It’s quite tragic in a small community to have families involved in such an incident. These vehicles are not toys and can be a lethal weapon,’ she said.
‘We’ll be looking at what safety measures – in relation to seatbelts and helmets – were put in place, and the manner in which the vehicle was driving.’
‘We’re still investigating the circumstances as to why so many people were on this vehicle.’
Damien Gibson (pictured left), 33, the managing director of a Gippsland Fertiliser company has been charged over the crash (pictured right)
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Glenn Weir said the crash – one of a number of fatal vehicle collisions over the weekend in the state – would have reverberate through the community.
‘Every one of those lives lost could have been avoided,’ Asst Comm Weir said.
‘All those families are going to be changed forever. Those small communities affected,’ he said.
Tributes to the little girl had begun to flow online by Sunday.
‘There are no words. Big hugs to you and your family,’ one person wrote.
‘Precious girl,’ added another.
Locals added that in such a close community emergency services officers who attended the scene would have likely known the family involved.
Mr Gibson will next appear in court in January for a committal mention.
Tributes have begun to flow for the young girl (pictured with her mother Yana) with those who knew her describing her as ‘bright and bubbly’