BITTERSWEET: Kim and David Aston with their burnt-out car, destroyed camera and the memory card that miraculously still works.
BITTERSWEET: Kim and David Aston with their burnt-out car, destroyed camera and the memory card that miraculously still works. Alistair Brightman

Family save photos from car fire

WHEN the Aston family’s car was stolen earlier this week their concern wasn’t so much about the vehicle, it was more about a camera that was in the car at the time.

That camera held the sentimental pictures of their seven-month-old baby daughter Bronte and their other three children.

Kim Aston told her story in yesterday’s Chronicle and as a result, a report came through to police that a car had been torched on a local dirt road.

Police notified the Astons that their car had been found on Toogoom Cane Road along with a slightly blackened memory card from the half-melted camera.

While the car will never be on the road again, miraculously the memory card was still able to be accessed.

At first the card wouldn’t read on the computer but Ms Aston’s husband David spent an intense half an hour trying the card in other cameras.

Finally, he managed to get them open.

“I am so so so pleased (about the photos). It’s a pretty horrible feeling not to have anything of your kids,” Ms Aston said.

“We were very lucky – extremely lucky.

“It’s unbelievable.

“All my little prayers have worked.”

When Ms Aston first saw the shell of the car, which had been so badly burnt that the glass in the back window had melted, she asked what was wrong with the youth of today.

“It just seems so senseless to take something that’s so valuable to wreck it that easily,” she said.

It appeared that the driver of the car had been swerving up the dirt road and hit a stump at the side of the road.

The man who reported the wreckage to police said he remembered someone telling him about hearing hoons in the state forest on the same night the Aston’s car had been stolen.

He put two and two together and after a search found the vehicle.

‘It’s unbelievable. All my little prayers have worked.’



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