‘Love you so much’: Mum’s tribute to girl killed in truck crash

Just two months ago, proud mother Salafai Loimata posted a photograph online of her two young daughters smiling and dressed neatly in their green and gold school uniforms as they set out for their first day of school for the year.

Five-year-old Mariasusana Vaafusuaga, known as Sana, was in kindergarten and was excited to be attending Tacoma Public School on the NSW Central Coast with her big sister, Philomena. She loved school and, within weeks, received an award for being a “kindergarten superstar”.

On Thursday morning, Ms Loimata shared the same photograph again, this time in memory of Sana, who was killed in a tragic accident as she headed home from school on Wednesday, the first day of the second term.

“Love you so much,” her mother wrote, alongside other now treasured photographs of her daughter.

Sana had alighted from her school bus on Hastings Street in Rocky Point, near Wyong, with her sister about 3.40pm on Wednesday.

Police believe she was “quite a distance” in front of the bus when she began to cross the road.

“It appears the bus may have been obscuring her from the truck driver,” a police spokeswoman said.

Sana was struck by the truck and suffered critical injuries. Despite the efforts of paramedics, she died at the scene.

Sana’s mother was waiting to pick up her daughters at a house across the road and saw the tragedy, as did other young children, including Sana’s sister.

Footage from the scene showed police escorting students to a second bus to move them away from the crash site.

In a statement, police said the driver of the truck was taken for mandatory testing after the crash.

Relatives and friends remembered the little girl as a smiling, gorgeous, “beautiful girl”.

“Lots of love to your entire family, my heart is breaking for you all,” one person wrote.

“There are just no words! Praying for all of you and sending so much love,” another said.

A police spokesperson said a report would be prepared for the coroner.

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