A tragic accident in the Adelaide Hills resulted in the death of a seven-year-old boy named Matthew Trinkle, affectionately known as Pepi. Matthew was riding a go-kart on private property in Lobethal when he was struck by a car on August 21. He was immediately transported to the hospital where he remained in critical condition until his passing a week later.
The Trinkle family, owners of Lobethal Bakery, took to social media to announce that they were honoring and celebrating Matthew’s life. His mother, Ruth Trinkle, spoke at his funeral service held at Lobethal Lutheran Church, expressing her gratitude that Matthew lived for seven days following the accident. She referred to him as a gift from God and emphasized his importance to the family.
Ruth shared a poignant moment when she dressed in Matthew’s favorite green dress, hoping that he would open his eyes. She described feeling a heaviness before learning that Matthew suffered an unexpected hemorrhage in the brain.
The circumstances surrounding the accident are still under investigation by the South Australian Police. Matthew’s father, Albert Trinkle, spoke about the heart-wrenching experience of witnessing his son’s injuries and the miracle it would have been if Matthew had survived.
In addition to being a sweet boy, Matthew was known for assisting his mother with baking. He enjoyed activities such as bike riding, building Lego, and spending time with his cat.
This tragic incident has touched the hearts of many in the community. Friends and neighbors are rallying around the Trinkle family, offering their support during this difficult time.