THE grief-stricken family of a young girl killed in a quad bike accident on an island off Port Lincoln are devastated by her death.THE property on Thistle Island, off Eyre Peninsula, has hosted many happy holidays for the Scipioni family over the past 20 years. Now it stands as the scene of a tragedy that has devastated the close-knit Adelaide family, AdelaideNow reports.
Relatives of seven-year-old Sienna Scipioni, including her parents and two older siblings, are struggling to come to grips with her death in a quad bike accident.
Shocked family and friends gathered at the home of her grandfather, restaurant identity Enzo Scipioni, in Payneham yesterday.
Mr Scipioni, the former owner of La Casalinga Restaurant at Unley, is also the owner of the Thistle Island property where the family had been staying when the tragedy unfolded late on Sunday afternoon.
A friend of the family said yesterday that the death of the Loreto College student had devastated the local Italian community.
"She was a beautiful girl - absolutely gorgeous," the woman said."This morning I was devastated at just the thought.
"She was a bubbly girl and dressed as a young lady already, she was beautifully dressed."
The woman described Sienna as a girl who would never get into mischief and was adored by the local Italian community.
"She was beautifully mannered," she said.
"She was much loved by the grandparents, as you could imagine.
"She was very friendly, a little lady, very well-behaved and very nice."
Sienna's death was the 16th involving quad bikes in Australia in 2012.
Just a fortnight ago Federal Employment Minister Bill Shorten announced plans to ban all children under 16 years of age from operating an adult-sized quad bike in any workplace, which includes farms.
Sienna was a passenger on the quad bike, which was on a road at the time of the accident.
Despite Thistle Island being privately owned, its roads are public, so her death is included in South Australia's road toll.
It totalled 93 for 2012.
A Thistle Island resident, who did not want to be named, said the small community was devastated by the accident.
"This is a terrible tragedy," he said. "It was a once-in-a-million accident.
"They are a very close-knit family and the whole community is feeling for them."
Police are preparing a report for the coroner.
A doctor who owns property on the island tried frantically to save her for more than an hour before paramedics arrived.
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