Vigil for pregnant Tas mum killed by car

More than 150 people have attended a candlelight vigil in Hobart, in memory of a pregnant mother killed in a high-speed crash with an allegedly speeding, stolen SUV.


Sarah Paino, 24, was driving home after dropping her partner Daniel Stirling off to work at a Hobart bakery when her car was slammed into in the CBD at 1am on Friday.

It is alleged the stolen SUV failed to stop at the intersection of Davey and Argyle Streets.

Ms Paino, who was 32 weeks pregnant, died at the scene while her two-year-old son, who was also in the car, survived the crash with minor injuries.

Her baby boy was later delivered by doctors at the Royal Hobart Hospital, where he remains in intensive care.

It’s believed Mr Stirling has remained at his baby’s bedside since the crash but it’s reported he briefly left the hospital to attend the vigil, supported by close friends and family.

The crash has tugged at the heartstrings of people across Australia, with a fundraising campaign set up on Friday by Mr Stirling’s employer raising more than $105,000 by Saturday night.

And that number is rapidly growing on the My Cause website.

MyState bank is also accepting cash donations on behalf of the family.

Four teenagers have been charged relating to the crash, with the 15-year-old alleged to have been driving charged with manslaughter and stealing a car.

All four have been treated for minor injuries.

The three passengers, a boy and two girls aged between 12 and 15, were arrested at the scene while the 15-year-old was arrested later at a house in Kingston.

Police say they tried to intercept the vehicle twice before the crash after seeing it speeding at up to 120km/h with its lights off.

But they did not pursue it, as per police policy.

Locals have left floral tributes near the scene of the crash and friends and family of Ms Paino replaced their own profile pictures with pictures of her on Facebook.

Tasmania Police have warned members of the public to remove and refrain from posting comments on social media that may be prejudicial to future legal proceedings.