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Sonya Davis (pictured) was killed in a motorbike accident in Thailand on January 18. The family have started a crowdfunding campaign to return her remains to Australia. Photo contributed
Sonya Davis (pictured) was killed in a motorbike accident in Thailand on January 18. The family have started a crowdfunding campaign to return her remains to Australia. Photo contributed

Christine Willmott

The enjoyment of a holiday in rural Thailand was tragically cut short for a Byron Bay family of four when their youngest child Sonya, aged five, was involved in a motorcycle accident on January 18.

George and Somepong Davis and their children, Justin, six, and Sonya, five, had been experiencing Thai village life while staying on Somepong’s parents’ farm in Northern Thailand.

On the morning of the day they were due to fly back to Australia, Sonya accompanied her Thai grandmother to the local market on the family motorbike when they were struck by a car travelling at speed from behind. Sonya’s grandma died on impact.

Sonya survived the crash but was critically injured and was put on life support. She died five days later on January 22.

Her mother, father and older brother, Justin are utterly devastated. Somepong’s grief is doubled, having lost both her mother and daughter in the tragic accident.

Sonya was a sparky, happy child beloved by all and was looking forward to starting ‘big school’- Byron Primary – this year. She was very close to her big brother, Justin; they were best mates and Justin will be bereft without her.

Sonya’s parents want to bring their little daughter’s body back to Australia where she was born and to bury her in Byron Bay Cemetery where they can visit her regularly. Their Byron extended family (Chris Willmot, Ana Davis and Miranda Burne) are now seeking financial support to repatriate Sonya’s body and cover the associated funeral costs in Thailand. To this end they have set up a page on a crowdfunding site which people can access via this link if they want to leave a comment of sympathy or a small donation.


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