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Family and friends say final goodbyes to Wellington crash brothers

Sheldon (left), 6, and Shane (right), 7, are finally set to be laid to rest more than seven weeks on from a horror crash at Wellington, in NSW's central west, that claimed their lives.

Sheldon (left), 6, and Shane (right), 7, are finally set to be laid to rest more than seven weeks on from a horror crash at Wellington, in NSW's central west, that claimed their lives.

Sheldon (left), 6, and Shane (right), 7, are finally set to be laid to rest more than seven weeks on from a horror crash at Wellington, in NSW’s central west, that claimed their lives.

A small community shattered by the death of two young brothers in an alleged hit-and-run collision that shocked Australia have started paying their respects.

Sheldon, 2, and Shane Shorey, 7 were allegedly killed by unlicensed driver Jacob Steven Donn, 25, when he lost control of his Holden Commodore while doing burnouts in the small town of Wellington in New South Wales‘ central west on January 5.

The two boys died instantly while family friend Mataya Ah See and their mother Shayleen Frail were among three others injured in the crash.

Hundreds of family and friends lined William Street for an emotionally-charged drive-by of Shane and Sheldon’s coffins.

The boys spent much of their lives being raised by their grandparents on the quiet street on the town’s outskirts.

Dressed in a vibrant array of team colours – from the Parramatta Eels to the Brisbane Broncos and the Aboriginal All-Stars – a crowd of about 300 well-wishers gathered by the banks of the Bell River to support the family as they wept through their grief.

Friends and family consoled father Joseph Shorey in the moments before the service began, offering the grieving father a supportive hug.

‘The moment you died my heart was torn in two – one side filled with heartache, the other died with you,’ he wrote in the funeral’s order of service.

‘I often lie awake at night when the world is fast asleep and take a walk down memory lane with tears upon my cheeks.

‘Remembering you is easy, I do it every day but missing you is heartache that will never go away.’

Almost a dozen uniformed police officers as well as SES officers and ambulance workers also turned out at the public memorial. The family had thanked first responders for their efforts dealing with the horrific crash site in January. 

Local schoolchildren stood by the side of the road as a hearse drove slowly to meet the boys’ loved ones – who had gathered in solidarity at the end of the street to show their respects.

The personal moment for those closest to the boys came just an hour before their official funeral service at the town’s Pioneer Oval.

Hundreds more are expected to gather under a marquee next to the oval before the boys’ bodies are laid to rest at the nearby Wellington Cemetery.

Officers initially charged Donn with 13 offences including dangerous driving occasioning death.  

A small community shattered by the death of two young brothers in an alleged hit-and-run collision that shocked Australia have started paying their respects

A small community shattered by the death of two young brothers in an alleged hit-and-run collision that shocked Australia have started paying their respects

A small community shattered by the death of two young brothers in an alleged hit-and-run collision that shocked Australia have started paying their respects

Sheldon, 2, and Shane Shorey, 7 were allegedly killed by unlicensed driver Jacob Steven Donn, 25, when he lost control of his Holden Commodore while doing burnouts in the small town of Wellington in New South Wales’ central west on January 5

Sheldon, 2, and Shane Shorey, 7 were allegedly killed by unlicensed driver Jacob Steven Donn, 25, when he lost control of his Holden Commodore while doing burnouts in the small town of Wellington in New South Wales’ central west on January 5

Sheldon, 2, and Shane Shorey, 7 were allegedly killed by unlicensed driver Jacob Steven Donn, 25, when he lost control of his Holden Commodore while doing burnouts in the small town of Wellington in New South Wales’ central west on January 5

Hundreds more are expected to gather under a marquee next to the oval before the boys' bodies are laid to rest at the nearby Wellington Cemetery

Hundreds more are expected to gather under a marquee next to the oval before the boys' bodies are laid to rest at the nearby Wellington Cemetery

Hundreds more are expected to gather under a marquee next to the oval before the boys’ bodies are laid to rest at the nearby Wellington Cemetery

Local schoolchildren stood by the side of the road as a hearse drove slowly to meet the boys’ loved ones - who had gathered in solidarity at the end of the street to show their respects

Local schoolchildren stood by the side of the road as a hearse drove slowly to meet the boys’ loved ones - who had gathered in solidarity at the end of the street to show their respects

Local schoolchildren stood by the side of the road as a hearse drove slowly to meet the boys’ loved ones – who had gathered in solidarity at the end of the street to show their respects

Police have now charged him with a string of additional offences including two counts of manslaughter, two counts of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death while under the influence of drugs, and dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm. 

Donn is in custody and will reappear at Dubbo Local Court on March 10.   

Sheldon, 6, and Shane Shorey, 7, were walking home from the local pool with their mother, older brother and a family friend when they were allegedly struck by the car.

Police allege that in the moments before Donn ploughed into the group, he was doing burnouts on the road. 

When he was later arrested by police, officers allegedly found a prohibited drug in his possession.  

More to come 

Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News

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