The shattered parents of a 15-year-old girl allegedly killed by an out-of-control Lamborghini have broken their silence with a gut-wrenching tribute.
Sophia Naismith, 15, was killed instantly when the $328,000 car, with licence plate ‘PSYKO’, allegedly hit her in Glengowrie, Adelaide, before crashing into a Chinese restaurant about 10pm on Saturday.
The teenagers heartbroken parents Pia Vogrin and Luke Naismith paid tribute to their ‘cherished first-born’ on Monday afternoon.
Speaking on behalf of Sophia’s two sisters and their extended family, the parents explained ‘everything has changed’ following the accident.
Sophia Naismith, 15, was killed instantly when the $328,000 car, with licence plate ‘PSYKO’, allegedly hit her in Glengowrie, Adelaide, before crashing into a Chinese restaurant about 10pm on Saturday
The teenagers heartbroken parents Pia Vogrin and Luke Naismith paid tribute to their ‘cherished first-born’ on Monday afternoon
‘Nothing prepares you for times like this,’ they said.
‘Sophia was the centre of our universe. Our cherished first-born.’
‘Best friend to her sisters. Adored by her grandparents. Admired by her Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Good friend to many. Loved by all.
‘She was an accomplished state volleyballer, gymnast, soccer player and a popular and gifted student. Our lives will never be the same again.’
The parents extended their thanks to family and friends during the distressing time, as well as the emergency crews who assisted Sophia.
They concluded by sending their thoughts and prayers to Jordyn Callea, Sophia’s 15-year-old friend, who is recovering in hospital following the accident.
Jordyn also released a tribute on Monday, writing on her Instagram: ‘Every single piece of my heart goes out to this strong, beautiful girl’
Speaking on behalf of Sophia’s two sisters and their extended family, the parents explained ‘everything has changed’ following the accident
‘We don’t intend to make any further public comments at this time and we ask that our privacy be respected.’
Jordyn also released a tribute on Monday, writing on her Instagram: ‘Every single piece of my heart goes out to this strong, beautiful girl’.
‘I will love you forever and always. Words cannot describe how much I want to change what has happened.’
‘You will be forever loved in everyone’s heart and never forgotten. Rest easy Soph, I love you.’
School friend Daisy Page, 16, said Sophia and Jordyn had been best friends and that the pair were ‘inseparable’ and the ‘nicest girls’.
The 2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 when it lost control minutes after leaving a supercar event and smashed into the House of Tien Chinese restaurant in Adelaide
Sophia was killed at the scene while her friend Jordyn Callea suffered non-life threatening injuries
‘They always put other people before themselves. [They were] really caring, funny and really good at everything,’ she told The Advertiser.
‘We’ll always remember all the happy memories we had of her,’ Daisy said.
Piper Window, who attended the same school as Sophia, described her as ‘really caring’ as well as ‘smart and sporty’.
‘Her family is really close. They’re always together,’ Piper said.
Many of Sophia’s friends have also taken social media to pay their respects to the ‘gorgeous girl’.
‘[Rest] easy beautiful Soph, thank you for always managing to put a smile on my face. [I] love you more than you’ll ever know, i miss you already. [I’ll] remember your face forever, fly high baby,’ a friend wrote.
Alex Campbell, 37, (pictured with his wife Diana Pham) runs popular YouTube channel ‘Do You Know Alex?’ which reviews high-end sports cars and shares his life and world travels
‘My thoughts and love are with you and your family. Rest easy,’ another said.
Alex Campbell, 37, who runs popular YouTube channel ‘Do You Know Alex?’ which reviews high-end sports cars and shares his life and world travels was charged with dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing injury.
His wife Diana Pham was a passenger in the 2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 when it lost control minutes after leaving a supercar event.
Videos on his channel show Campbell reviewing BMWs, a Bugatti, and other cars, attending motoring events, and showing viewers how to service their sports cars.
Sophia Naismith, 15, was killed instantly when the $328,000 car hit her and a friend in Glengowrie, Adelaide, about 10pm on Saturday
The driver who ‘lost control of his vehicle and killed a 15-year-old schoolgirl outside a Chinese restaurant’ had previously boasted about his supercar in extraordinary YouTube video
Others show him travelling to the U.S. including Disneyland, along with Japan and Singapore, or just chatting as he drives his cars.
Campbell also part-owns Team Bingo Performance, which sells car parts and merchandise, and luxury watch retailer International Watch Traders.
One of his most popular videos, with more than 250,000 views, shows him shopping for Rolex watches on a trip to Japan in 2017.
The Lamborghini Huracan featured prominently in his videos over the past year, replacing a red Ferrari 458 that appeared in most of his videos.
The Lamborghini can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in just 3.4 seconds, though Campbell was never seen driving it dangerously fast in any of his videos.
Many of Campbell’s videos show him chatting to viewers as he drives a high-end sports cars like the Lamborghini or his previous car, a Ferrari 458 (pictured)
Ms Pham described the incident as a ‘freak accident’ and said her husband had been driving within the speed limit
When approached by 9News, Ms Pham described the crash as a ‘freak accident’ and said her husband had been driving within the speed limit.
She also noted her husband was ‘not in a good state’ following the crash.
Campbell attended the Wintertime Show and Shine car event, just 3km away from the crash scene, immediately before the accident.
Attendees said organisers Horsepower Crew urged people to ‘take it easy’ when leaving and to have a safe drive home, while police monitored the exits.
Pictures of the crash outside the House of Tien restaurant show the wreckage, with its airbags deployed, after it had smashed into the building.
The driver of the vehicle is understood to have lost control and careered onto the footpath, hitting the two girls before crashing into the House of Tien restaurant
The 2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2:
The car can travel from 0km/h to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds
It has a multi-function steering wheel with phone and audio controls
The car also has electric power assisted steering and a selectable driving mode
It also had factory extras which include: parking sensors, painted brake calipers and sports upgrade exhaust with optioned tips
It has protective features including: side airbags, passenger airbag, brake assist and driver airbag
Source: Car Sales Advert
Restaurant owner Kiet Tran said he was cleaning the restaurant when he heard a loud ‘bang’.
He said after the car crash he and Campbell immediately went to check on the girls, but sadly he knew one had died instantly.
Mr Tran said he and the driver then waited for the emergency services to arrive at the scene.
He added the female passenger who had been in the Lamborghini was in ‘shock’ and had been ‘crying and yelling’.
Mr Tran also offered his condolences to Sophia’s family.
South Australia Police said the latest crash brought the state’s road toll to 59 – almost double what it was this time last year at 36.
Campbell was given bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on July 31.
Owner of the House of Tien restaurant (pictured) Kiet Tran said he had been cleaning the restaurant when he heard a loud ‘bang’