Waihi College Hosting Waihi Teenager's Funeral On Friday

Posted by Gold FM on 29/05/2012

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The funeral for Waihi teenager Emilie Silberer, who was killed in a car accident last Saturday is to take place at Waihi College this Friday at midday. The college will be closed to allow students and teachers to attend and it's expected to be a very large funeral.

Emilie, who was driving, died at the scene when her Nissan car collided head-on with an oncoming car on State Highway 2, near Maramarua. Her 22 year old boyfriend, who was a passenger in the car, Michael Death from Paeroa, escaped serious injuries and was discharged from Thames hospital on Sunday night. A woman driving the other vehicle involved in the crash was airlifted to Auckland Hospital in critical condition.

Emilie had played football for her Waihi College 1st XI team in Thames on Saturday before heading to Auckland. She was travelling back from Auckland when the accident happened and district road policing manager, Inspector Leo Tooman said fatigue might have been a factor, as it appeared that Emilie's car crossed the centre line. Police say that speed and alcohol don't seem to have factored in the crash and investigation into the cause of the tragic accident are continuing.

Emilie Silberer would have turned 18 in 2 weeks is being described as a bubbly, popular student who was working hard to realise her dream of joining the police by earning enough money to pay her own way through a police pre-entry course in Tauranga. She was a surf life-saver, a keen footballer and a chief scout who also helped out with the Students Against Drunk Driving campaigns and the school ball at Waihi College.

Waihi College offered counselling for staff and students at an assembly on Monday morning.

Emilie has two brothers aged 16 and 19 and a younger sister who is twelve. Her family are asking for those attending her funeral to wear 'happy colours' because that's what Emilie would have liked. In lieu of flowers donations to the Waihi Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, C/- The Esplanade, Waihi Beach would be appreciated, or donations may be left at the service.