The stepmother of a 14-year-old boy killed in a car crash during Sydney’s huge storm has posted a heartbreaking tribute online.
Dylan Langhorne was killed about 9am on Wednesday morning during a commute through Sydney’s upper north shore, when his 17-year-old brother, driving on P-plates, collided with a Land Rover on The Esplanade, Thornleigh, before hitting two parked cars.
Dylan’s stepmother Janda Thompson wrote an emotional tribute to her son via social media on Wednesday night, promising “I will never forget our special bond”.
“If only I could hold my boy another time, I love you,” she wrote on Facebook. “Today was a tragic accident. I will never forget our special bond we had and you could tell me anything.
“Love you my darling and if you could see the most amazing support we are getting today which you would hate.”
Thompson said her son would “always be by my side” and “I will always say I have 5 beautiful gorgeous children”. She then turned the tribute to her husband Shane Langhorne, telling him “we were the best parents and he knew it”.
Friends and family offered their condolences, with one writing: “Janda my heart goes out to you and the rest of your family. I can’t even imagine.”
Another added: “Words cannot express how sorry we are for the loss of your son, Dylan. Thinking of you at this difficult time.”
Meanwhile, a statement from Pennant Hills High School leadership team said students hearts were broken as they learnt about the passing of a “dearly loved student”.
“We cannot begin to explain the heart-break this has brought upon our school and its community,” the statement said. “Our thoughts, hopes & prayers are with the family, friends, students and teachers who are grieving.”
“Emergency services were called to a two-vehicle crash at The Esplanade, Thornleigh, and found a male passenger had died at the scene,” police said in a statement of Dylan’s death. “The drivers, also both male, have been taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition. Both will undergo mandatory blood and urine tests.”
A GoFundMe page has also been set up by a family friend to help cover the cost of Dylan’s funeral, raising more than $5,000
“They will need all our help in helping to look after the 4 children and their grief for Dylan,” the post read. “Donations will go towards the cost of the funeral – a very small thing to help them at this awful time.”
A State Emergency Service volunteer and a male driver were also killed as a month’s worth of rain was dumped on the city. Wednesday saw the heaviest rain in three years spark flooding across Sydney and surrounding areas, but it’s hoped conditions will begin to ease on Thursday and into Friday — allowing emergency services to start a huge clean up operation.