Family and friends are mourning the loss of teenager Jade Frith after she succumbed to her injuries she sustained from being struck by a car on Thursday afternoon.
The 15-year-old swimming champion was on her way to her local pool to practice when she was hit by a Ford Laser as she was crossing the Hillsborough Road in Warners Bay shortly before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
Stuart Smith, the superintendent for Highway Patrol, revealed that Frith sustained broken bones and head injuries after the incident.
Paramedics were quick to respond to the emergency and were able to treat her at the scene before she was brought to John Hunter Hospital in critical condition.
The driver of the vehicle, a 22-year-old woman whose name was not disclosed, got out of the accident unscathed. It is not known whether or not the woman will be charged for the incident.
Lake Macquarie Local Area Command officers are currently investigating the incident and will write a report to be submitted to the Coroner’s office.
Frith’s heartbroken family and friends took to Facebook to express their shock and sadness over her death, and paid tribute to the fallen swimmer by posting pictures of their goggles and swimming caps with the hashtag #capsoutforjade, reports the Daily Mail.
Fledgling young sports stars from various clubs around Australia have pledged to have moments of silence before their respective games and wear black armbands in honor of Frith.
Erin D’Agostino wrote, “This Saturday at Wangi Netball courts there will be a minutes silence before each game and players will be wearing black arm bands as a mark of respect to Jade Frith.”
“Sending massive love and condolences to the Frith family and everyone involved in our swimming community. Big hugs to everyone at Novocastrian Swim Club. We are thinking of you all,” wrote Jamie’s Swim Club on its Facebook page.