A 13-year-old Queensland boy who died after crashing an allegedly stolen car will be buried exactly one year after he buried his mother.
Bailey Pini’s family has revealed the heartbreak which sparked his descent into delinquency after his death on Wednesday morning.
Bailey was driving the car, allegedly stolen hours earlier, when it rolled and burst into flames near an intersection in Bowen, in the Whitsunday region.
His passenger, a 14-year-old boy, was injured but survived.
His sister Troydon Pini does not want the way he died to define him.
“I just want people to remember that regardless of his final decisions,” she told 7NEWS.
“He was a loving, big-hearted, well-mannered kid.
“He was a great kid. He was honestly such a great kid. He had a heart of gold. He had a smile that would light up the whole room.”
Pini revealed Bailey and his mother Sonia were close before she died after a short battle with cervical cancer.
“She declined very fast. She didn’t take to radiotherapy or chemo or anything,” Pini said.
“That’s where my heart breaks for Bailey. It was always Bailey and mum, because we (siblings) were all that bit older.
“He watched her whole journey. Bailey watched her decline.
“That’s what broke him in the end.
“To lose her, as much family and support he had, it just was never enough for him.
“It was never the same.
“When he lost mum, he started to slowly spiral
“I never thought for a second he would get to where he got to, but yeah.”
Pini said multiple family members tried to care for Bailey but his behavioural problems made it difficult.
She says Bailey also struggled at school because he missed a year of his education due to a potentially fatal nerve disorder when he was younger.
“He got to the point where he didn’t want to live by rules,” Pini said.
Despite his issues, the family did not believe Bailey’s rebelliousness would lead to his death.
“I just thought it was a phase and he’d grow out of it, and come to terms with losing mum and be ok,” Pini said.
The family plans to bury Bailey’s ashes on July 3 – the same day they buried Sonia last year.