Tragic first words of little Aussie girl after parents died in crash

The heartbreaking first words of five-year-old girl orphaned in horror Outback crash since being rescued from the wreckage two days after smash that killed her parents

  • Five-year-old left stranded after parents died in horror crash first words revealed
  • The girl told rescuers upon being found ‘Nanny is going to look after us now’
  • Three children under five waited more than two days before being discovered
  • Their parents Cindy Braddock, 25, Jake Day, 28 died at the scene near Kondinin

The heartbreaking first words of a heroic five-year-old girl left to care for her two young siblings after their parents died in a horror highway rollover have been revealed.

The young girl, who along with her siblings all aged under five, spent two days stranded alone beside the wreckage of their family car before they were found, while their parents lay dead inside.

The horror crash occured on Christmas Day near Kondinin in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt, 279km east of Perth , and claimed the lives of parents Cindy Braddock, 25, Jake Day, 28.

The family’s Land Rover Discovery had flipped and crashed on the Corrigin-Kondinin Road on Christmas Day morning but the wreckage was not found until shortly before midday on December 27.

Upon being discovered by family friends at the site of the crash after 55 hours in 30 degree heat at the crash site, the brave five-year-old’s first words uttered were ‘Nanny is going to look after us now’.   

Australians have opened their hearts to the three children of Jake Day (pictured left) and Cindy Braddock (pictured right) with over $70,000 raised to help the three orphans after a fatal car crash killed the two adults

The five-year-old girl was hailed as a hero after she unbuckled her one year old brother freeing him from his seat after the family’s Land Rover flipped and crashed near Kondinin, east of Perth

Kailee Wallace, a close friend of Ms Braddock and partner of Mr Day’s cousin Michael Read, told the West Australian there was ‘no real theory as to how they survived other than a miracle’.

‘When they found [the five-year-old], she made a comment that “Nanny is going to look after us now”,’ Ms Wallace said. 

‘She’s incredible, her brother would not be here if it wasn’t for her and she loves her Nanny.’

Mr Day’s cousin, Michael Read, said the distraught friends who were first to the tragic scene initially believed all five family members had died until they heard the young girl’s cries from inside the vehicle.

The brave five-year-old had saved the life of her one-year-old brother by releasing him from his baby capsule and laying him next to her on the inside of the roof of the flipped-over vehicle.

The family had left Northam, WA, at about 1am on Sunday and were heading home to Kondinin, some 200km away before the tragic accident

Cindy Braddock, 25, and Jake Day, 28, were killed when their their Land Rover Discovery left a remote WA highway and flipped, leaving behind their three children, all aged under five

The two-year-old remained trapped in his car seat, clinging onto his sister’s foot for comfort as they waited more than two days for help to arrive. 

It is believed the children will be living at a Kondinin farmhouse with their grandmother, Annette Day, a local hospital orderly. 

They were initially taken to Perth Children’s Hospital via helicopter suffering severe dehydration but have since been cleared of any serious injuries and have been showered with gifts in hospital from adoring family and friends. 

Ms Wallace said the heroic little girl had been helping nurses at the hospital check over her younger brothers and has hinted she wanted to be a doctor when she grew up.

‘She’s so smart,’ Ms Wallace said.

‘She’s been in kindy, but we’ve been told she’s been doing maths with the Year 2 kids. She’s a special little girl.’

The three children – aged five, two and one – were pulled from the family’s overturned Land Rover Discovery on Tuesday afternoon, two and a half days after the accident


1am Sunday: Cindy Braddock, 25, Jake Day, 28, and their three children were driving 200km from Northam to Kondinin

The family were driving to Kondinin to spend Christmas with Mr Day’s mother

Just 10km away from Kondinin, the family crashed their maroon Land Rover

3pm Monday: Relatives reported the family missing

Just before 12pm on Tuesday: The family’s car is found by a relative 10km away from Kondinin on Corrigin-Kondinin Road

Both parents were found dead while their children, a five-year-old girl, two-year-old boy and a one-year-old boy survived

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