Young girl killed in Stonehaven collision identified as 12-year-old Mia Rossiter

A 12-year-old girl who was killed in a horrific head-on collision in Victoria has been remembered as a “beautiful soul” who was due to celebrate her birthday in only a matter of weeks.

The Rossiter family were travelling home to Lismore via the Hamilton Hwy, Stonehaven on Wednesday night when they were hit by a car which had swerved onto the other side of the road, police said.

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Mia, 12, died at the scene while her younger half-sister Willow, aged seven, was taken to Geelong Hospital with critical injuries.

Parents Paul, 38, and Danica, 36, were both taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Family friend Cheyenne Bourne told she found out the Rossiter family had been involved in the collision after seeing a picture of their damaged red Holden Barina on the news.

“I literally messaged (my partner) straight away, I was like do not tell me that’s Dani,” she said.

“And then when we messaged … Paul’s brother and he said ‘yes it was’, I was at work and I said to my boss ‘I’m sorry if I’m off today … but this is one of my best friends’.”

Bourne described Mia, who would have celebrated her 13th birthday on January 25, as a “beautiful soul”.

“Once she got to know you … she was bubbly, she had the most infectious laugh,” she told

“As soon as she laughed, you have to laugh because … it was just so infectious, her smile was infectious.”

Mia Rossiter was killed in a two-vehicle collision in Stonehaven, Victoria. Credit: 7NEWS

Paul and Danica had only recently started running a cafe called The Bush Inn, in Lismore, with Bourne saying Danica had always dreamed of starting a business with her husband.

“They only started not long ago, so it’s going to be a dampener for their income having nothing coming in now that they’re both injured,” she said.

Bourne and her partner Zach Challoner have now started a fundraiser for the family to help with Mia’s funeral expenses and the loss of income they face.

They hope to raise $15,000.

Mia’s half-sister Willow has been transferred to The Royal Children’s Hospital, where she remains in a serious but stable condition.

Paul and Danica are also now in a stable condition.

The driver of the car that swerved into the Rossiter’s Holden Barina is believed to be a 28-year-old man from North Shore, a suburb of Geelong.

Mia Rossiter with her parents Paul and Danica Rossiter. Credit: 7NEWS

He was taken to hospital in a stable condition and is currently under police guard.

His 21-year-old male passenger, also from North Shore, was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

On Thursday Detective acting senior sergeant Peter Romanis said the car the 28-year-old was driving, a white Holden Berlina, was speeding and weaving in and out of lanes before the collision.

It was also seen doing burnouts about an hour before the accident on Evans Rd in Lovely Banks, located about 15 minutes away, Romanis said.

“This incident was an entirely preventable tragedy that has torn a family apart,” Romanis said.

“It is the type of collision that infuriates us.

“This type of driving on our roads is entirely unacceptable.”

Police at the scene. Credit: 7NEWS
The collision occurred when a white Holden Berlina swerved onto the wrong side of the road, hitting the Rossiter’s red Holden Barina. Credit: 7NEWS

Romanis said the 28-year-old North Shore man was driving while disqualified and was known to police.

It is unclear if he had drugs or alcohol in his system.

Police have released a video of the white Berlina before the accident.

Anyone who saw the car before the collision or witnessed it driving erratically in Lovely Banks has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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