Four members of the same family were killed in a horror crash on the way from a child’s birthday party.
Single dad George Ritter, 33, his two daughters Alivia and Elsie, ages 9 and 5, and his 8-year-old niece Kenzie were just a few minutes from home when the car slammed into a utility pole in Westville, New Jersey.
"I wish I could have her here next to me, give her one last hug because I never got to say goodbye to her," said Kenzie's father, Brian Mammoccio. "She was caring and honest and full of life and spark."
"Cherish every moment you have with your children,” he added, “because you never know when that moment can be taken away. I only got 8 years with mine”.
The accident occurred at around 9pm on Saturday, July 31.
The group were on their way home from a toddler's birthday party at the nearby Westville Power Boat Association when the car went off the road.
“Investigators are working on determining the exact cause of the accident,” said Westville Chief of Police William Whinna.
Mourners gathered to pay their respects to the victims, leaving floral tributes and soft toys at the site of the crash.
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A cross leaning against the telegraph pole that the car hit was inscribed with each of the victims’ names.
"Just to let the family know we were thinking of them. This is a horrific, horrific accident," neighbour Catherine Leone said.
Members of the Westville Power Boat Association are organising a fundraiser to cover the cost of the funerals.
Family friend Nicole Mallon wrote: “My heart is broken, and I’m at a loss for words.
“George, I know I told you this a million times but you’re an amazing father and gave your girls the world.”
The GoFundMe page launched help the family with funeral expenses had raised more than $13,000 (£9,300) by Sunday evening.
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