Freda Kennewell has been remembered by her family as a caring great grandmother and volunteer.
The 83-year-old Williamstown woman was hit and killed by her 91-year-old husband in a tragic accident in the couple’s driveway on Saturday night.
Just before 6.30pm on Saturday, December 2, police and emergency services were called to Trestrail Circuit.
Mrs Kennewell was treated at the scene by paramedics but sadly died, while her husband Graham, who is said to be “struggling”, was taken to hospital as a precaution.
“He’s numb, he’s struggling pretty badly,” Mrs Kennewell’s son-in-law and Barossa Councillor Michael ‘Bim’ Lange said.
“You hear of unfortunate accidents with young kids in driveways, but it can happen to anybody… it’s just one of those weird things.”
Mrs Kennewell met her husband of more than 50 years after she emigrated from England, and the pair was said to be inseparable.
“They never really went anywhere without one another – they were always together, you wouldn’t see one without the other,” Mr Lange said.
The couple spent most of their lives in Gawler before moving to Munno Para – volunteering for St Vincent de Paul every week.
“She worked at Harris Scarfe for many years, travelled to Adelaide on the train and in retirement both collecting bread from the bakery in Gawler and giving them to Vinnies,” Mr Lange said.
“When that all got a little bit hard for Graham to do they stopped doing that, but Freda kept on going, as she’d say she was going to work every Monday and she was still going into Vinnies.”
The pair had just bought their first home in Williamstown, moving in last Monday to be closer to family, Mr Lange explained.
“They were pretty excited… we were just getting things sorted out for them and this unfortunate accident occurred,” he said.
Mr Lange said he and his family will now do their best to support Mr Kennewell in the wake of this tragedy.
“She was really Graham’s carer now… he’s not only lost his wife, he’s lost his carer too,” he said.
“We’ve just got to support Graham… we’ve got to care for him the best we can, make him comfortable and rally around him, and try to encourage him to keep going.”
Major Crash continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.