The mother of a six-year-old girl who died when a buggy she was travelling in rolled in Gippsland has described her daughter as an infectious, bubbly child.
Olivia Stevens was one of seven children in the buggy when it rolled on Saturday. The six-year-old was airlifted to the Royal Children’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries but later died.
Her mother, Yana Stevens, told Nine News on Monday: “We are all broken. Our family is just shattered, and I don’t know if we’re ever going to be the same.”
Olivia has been described as a girl who was always happy, had a passion for animals and loved a cuddle and a story at night.
“She’s still around, she’s still here. The house is quiet without her,” Yana Stevens said.
Damien Gibson, 33, from Rosedale, 25 kilometres east of Traralgon, has been charged with culpable driving, dangerous driving causing death, reckless conduct endangering life and recklessly causing injury over the buggy incident.
Police allege he was driving the off-road buggy when it rolled in a paddock in Rosedale, just after 4pm.
Mr Gibson appeared at the Sale Magistrates Court on Monday morning.