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17 Feb 2024


NextImg:Taylor Swift fan killed en route to her Eras Tour concert in Australia

A Taylor Swift fan died after being involved in a fatal two-vehicle crash while en route to see the pop superstar perform in Melbourne, Australia.

Mieka Pokarier, 16, died at the scene Thursday, according to the Weekend Australian, while her 10-year-old sister, Freya Pokarier, was transported to Sydney’s Westmead Hospital in critical condition and placed in an induced coma.

Mieka was reportedly sitting in the front passenger seat at the time of the head-on crash, while her sister was in the back seat.

One Taylor Swift fan has died and another is in a medically-induced coma after getting into a head-on vehicle collision on their way to an Eras Tour concert. JOEL CARRETT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Their mother, who was driving their SUV in the New South Wales region from the Gold Coast when they collided with a semi-trailer, was reportedly taken to Dubbo Hospital in stable condition and was treated for minor injuries.

The driver of the semi-truck they hit was also in stable condition and taken to Dubbo Hospital, per the local news outlet.

Mieka’s father, Peter Pokarier, shared his grief with a brief statement on Facebook.

Mieka Pokarier was pronounced dead, while her sister, Freya Pokarier, was transported in critical condition to Sydney’s Westmead Hospital. Kristy Ann Russell/Facebook
The Swifties were traveling from the Gold Coast to Melbourne with their mom, who was at Dubbo Hospital in New South Wales being treated for minor injuries. Kristy Ann Russell/Facebook

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“My family and what I live for … I’m devastated !!!!” he lamented Friday.

Furthermore, Mieka and Frey’s godmother, Karleigh Fox, confirmed the former’s death via a GoFundMe.

“This was supposed to be a road trip of a life time with them going to concerts in both Melbourne and Sydney,” she penned.

Mieka’s father confirmed on social media his daughter died. Kristy Ann Russell/Facebook

In an update early Saturday morning, Fox confirmed that Peter and the older sister of Mieka and Freya had been by Frey’s bedside at the hospital. Their mom has also been reunited with her family members.

The godmother also thanked people for their generous donations.

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“I’m so overwhelmed with the outpouring of generosity and love towards the family, wow over $4k already,” Fox wrote.

She concluded, “Thank you. As you can imagine there is a lot of work ahead of us and this will help immensely to reduce some of the pressure.”

Mieka and Freya’s godmother, Karleigh Fox, started a GoFundMe that confirmed they were en route to see Swift perform. Getty Images for TAS Rights Management
“As you can imagine there is a lot of work ahead of us and this will help immensely to reduce some of the pressure,” she said of the generous donations. Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

The heartbreaking news comes months after a 23-year-old fan died from extreme heat at an Eras Tour show in Rio de Janeiro.

The Brazilian fan, Ana Clara Benevides, collapsed at the concert after she waited hours to enter the venue in scorching hot temperatures before passing away in the hospital.

Swift, 34, met with Benevides’ family at another one of her shows after saying she was “devastated” over the tragic passing. The singer’s reps could not immediately be reached for comment on Mieka’s death.