L-plater son of single mum mowed down by a truck during his driving lesson in Sydney’s Wetherill Park breaks down at her funeral as he pays a powerful tribute to the woman who sacrificed everything for him

A teenage boy who watched in horror as his mother was hit by a truck during a driving lesson has broken down at her funeral, saying ‘I will love you until the day I croak’.

Tristan Picone’s mum, Leonia, was hit and killed by a semi-trailer in Wetherill Park, in Sydney‘s west, at about 6.30am on August 30.

Ms Picone had just climbed out of her Ford Mondeo to confront the truckie after he rear-ended her car while her 17-year-old son was driving on his L-plates.

She stood in front of the truck and started waving at the driver, but it is believed she was in his blind spot. 

The truck accelerated and ran her over as her son looked on in horror. The driver has not been charged over the incident. 

About 200 family and friends gathered in the chapel at Liverpool Cemetery on Wednesday morning to pay tribute – remembering the loving mum for her big personality, ability to make friends, and excellent cooking skills.

Tristan Picone was one of the pallbearers (pictured centre) at his mother's funeral on Wednesday

Tristan Picone was one of the pallbearers (pictured centre) at his mother's funeral on Wednesday

Tristan Picone was one of the pallbearers (pictured centre) at his mother’s funeral on Wednesday

This graphic shows the blindspot areas for a driver of a Kenworth Cabover, where the engine sits below the cabin. Leonia Picone can be seen standing in front of the truck

This graphic shows the blindspot areas for a driver of a Kenworth Cabover, where the engine sits below the cabin. Leonia Picone can be seen standing in front of the truck

This graphic shows the blindspot areas for a driver of a Kenworth Cabover, where the engine sits below the cabin. Leonia Picone can be seen standing in front of the truck

Her best friend Carolyn Clark, who ran the service, made the only mention of the tragic nature of Ms Picone’s death.

Leonia Picone (pictured) was hit and killed by a semi-trailer on August 30

Leonia Picone (pictured) was hit and killed by a semi-trailer on August 30

Leonia Picone (pictured) was hit and killed by a semi-trailer on August 30

‘We come together to honour the life of Leonia whose tragic passing has devastated and shocked us all,’ Ms Clark said.

‘She was a loving daughter to Margaret and Tony, a cherished sister to Geoffrey and Ronelle, and a loving mum to Tristan.’

Tristan did not speak to the mourners, but stood by the lectern as a cousin read a tribute on his behalf.

‘My mother you were always so dedicated,’ he said.  ‘In life, you only get one mother and mine was the true definition of loyalty and love.

‘How lucky I was to have 17 years with you.

‘I’ll miss you until the day I croak, until I see you again.’ 

At the last line, Tristan broke down in tears and was comforted by his aunt, Ronelle Cameron. 

Leonia Picone's sister Ronelle Cameron is pictured left, next to her husband Kevin. Leonia's son Tristan is pictured, right

Leonia Picone's sister Ronelle Cameron is pictured left, next to her husband Kevin. Leonia's son Tristan is pictured, right

Leonia Picone’s sister Ronelle Cameron is pictured left, next to her husband Kevin. Leonia’s son Tristan is pictured, right

Photos of Tristan and his mum were played in a slideshow in the chapel (pictured)

Photos of Tristan and his mum were played in a slideshow in the chapel (pictured)

Photos of Tristan and his mum were played in a slideshow in the chapel (pictured)

Leonia Picone was remembered for her big personality and excellent cooking

Leonia Picone was remembered for her big personality and excellent cooking

Leonia Picone was remembered for her big personality and excellent cooking 

Ms Cameron remembered her older sister as her best friend who showed unconditional love.

‘Your strength and passion lifted me through my life, and you always made me feel special because you were my big sister,’ she said.

‘You had a special magic touch that made everyone feel special and important.’

She then urged the crowd to make the most of their lives, because ‘tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone’.

Ms Picone had a series of jobs in security, but quit them all a few years ago to be a full-time carer for her elderly parents, and for her son as he left school and transitioned to the workforce. 

A close family friend, Trevor, recalled visiting Ms Picone’s parents just after she died and said that the mum’s phone was still active. 

Trevor said: ‘I asked what the buzz was, and [her father] Tony said, “that’s just Leonia’s reminder to make my cup of tea”.’

Pictured: The hearse with Leonia Picone's coffin after the funeral service on Wednesday

Pictured: The hearse with Leonia Picone's coffin after the funeral service on Wednesday

Pictured: The hearse with Leonia Picone’s coffin after the funeral service on Wednesday

About 200 of Leonia Picone's friends and family members gathered at Liverpool Cemetery on Wednesday (coffin pictured)

About 200 of Leonia Picone's friends and family members gathered at Liverpool Cemetery on Wednesday (coffin pictured)

About 200 of Leonia Picone’s friends and family members gathered at Liverpool Cemetery on Wednesday (coffin pictured)

It was also revealed that Ms Picone once won a modelling competition and modelled clothes that featured in newspaper ads for a short time.

She also studied in Canada for six months during high school, and found her long-lost brother Geoffrey who was put up for adoption when he was young.

A few years later, Geoffrey tragically died from esophageal cancer.

At the end of the service, Tristan and some of his male relatives carried the coffin to the hearse before the burial.

Security footage released the day after Ms Picone died showed the truck had rear-ended Ms Picone’s sedan just before the intersection at Horsley Drive.

A witness said her body was dragged along the road under the semi-trailer. 

The truck driver, 51, was taken to hospital for mandatory testing and was questioned by police.

He was released without charge, pending further investigations.

Ms Picone’s family were outraged when he was released. Daily Mail Australia was invited to attend the service. 

Friends and family went to the scene on Wednesday to pay tribute to the single mother following the tragedy (crash scene pictured)

Friends and family went to the scene on Wednesday to pay tribute to the single mother following the tragedy (crash scene pictured)

Friends and family went to the scene on Wednesday to pay tribute to the single mother following the tragedy (crash scene pictured)

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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