Central Coast mother-of-eight dead along with two children after horror Wisemans Ferry Road crash


Mother-of-eight is killed alongside two of her children, 10 and 6, in horrific late night crash – as relatives rush to care for three other kids including a 16-month-old who miraculously survived

  • Mother-of-eight Samantha Lee Smith and her two children died in horror crash
  • She has been remembered as a ‘loving, kind, amazing mother’ after her death
  • Police are investigating the circumstances of the tragic crash on Tuesday night
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A young mother-of-eight who tragically died in a car accident along with two of her children has been remembered as a ‘loving, kind, amazing mum’.

Samantha Lee Smith was travelling along Wisemans Ferry Road in Central Mangrove on the NSW Central Coast with her children on Tuesday night when she veered off the road and crashed into an embankment just before 10pm.

Ms Smith died at the scene, along with her six-year-old daughter Emanuella and 10-year-old son Bradley.

There are concerns one of those children may have stumbled out of the wreckage only to be hit and killed by a passing car. 

Samantha Lee Smith was travelling along Wisemans Ferry Road in Central Mangrove on the Central Coast with her children on Tuesday night when she veered off the road and crashed into an embankment just before 10pm

Ms Smith died at the scene, along with her six-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son

Ms Smith died at the scene, along with her six-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son

Police are investigating whether or not the child was already deceased when they were struck, potentially after being ejected from the car.

Three boys aged nine, four and 16-months were flown to John Hunter Hospital and remain in a stable condition. 

Distraught friends identified Ms Smith after the horror crash, with one expressing disbelief because she’d spoken to the mother just hours earlier.

‘I’m so sorry this happened to you and your babies Sam,’ one friend said. 

‘I still can’t believe it,’ another added… ‘Forever rest in peace with your babies.’

Ms Smith had only recently been reunited with some of her children after a tedious custody battle which impacted her mental health

Ms Smith had only recently been reunited with some of her children after a tedious custody battle which impacted her mental health

The three surviving children were cut from the wreckage of the overturned Toyota Prado late on Tuesday night.

Superintendent Darryl Jobson said it was a harrowing scene for first responders.  

‘There is no doubt they are shaken and unsettled by this,’ he said.

‘Those on scene in what is a challenging and confronting situation have gone beyond the call of duty. I couldn’t be more proud of the work our first responders have done.’

Investigations are also underway to determine why the woman was 45km away from her Laguna home so late at night. 

Distraught friends identified Ms Smith after the horror crash, with one expressing disbelief because she'd spoken to the mother just hours earlier

Distraught friends identified Ms Smith after the horror crash, with one expressing disbelief because she’d spoken to the mother just hours earlier

Ms Smith's car crashed shortly before 10pm on Tuesday while travelling on Wisemans Ferry Road in Central Mangrove on the NSW Central Coast

Ms Smith’s car crashed shortly before 10pm on Tuesday while travelling on Wisemans Ferry Road in Central Mangrove on the NSW Central Coast

The man who first called in the accident, a 37-year-old motorist who is believed to have struck one of the children after the crash, is at the hospital for mandatory testing.    

‘This driver has come into contact with one of the children and that impact will be part of our investigation,’ Mr Jobson said.

‘Anyone who was in that man’s situation, coming across the scene, doing the right thing by contacting Triple-0, it would be an absolute harrowing and devastating experience for any person.’ 

A GoFundMe has been set up on behalf of the family to cover funeral expenses. 

The gruesome crash scene where two children and a woman were killed in a heartbreaking accident that horrified emergency service workers

The gruesome crash scene where two children and a woman were killed in a heartbreaking accident that horrified emergency service workers



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