Seven people have died in WA road crashes in just seven days and the deaths of two women in a horror car accident yesterday has raised the road toll to nine fatalities so far this year.
The crash, which happened about 2.40pm in Gnowangerup, south-east of Katanning, killed a 64-year-old woman and injured two other women.
One of them, a 95-year-old who was a passenger in the car, died later that evening.
There have been nine deaths on WA roads since the new year, eight of them in regional areas.
This is down from about 12 road deaths this time last year — however, there have been seven deaths on the roads in the last week alone, including two double fatalities.
Three of the deaths occurred in the South West and the other four in the Great Southern area.
Last Sunday, the death of a Brazilian couple returning from a day trip to Margaret River tore their young family apart.
The deaths of Danielle Bileksi de Mello Pimental, 37, and Eduardo Hernandes Pereira Rodrigues, 41, left three young children orphaned, including a two-month-old.
On Thursday, beloved potato farmer Tom Fox died in a fiery crash while making a delivery to Yarloop.
The 71-year-old had strong ties to WA’s agricultural industry and was well known in his community.
His son Daniel Fox described him as the “best dad anyone could ever wish for”.
“It’s a bloody tragedy… he was doing the right thing on the road and for this to happen, it’s just a shock,” Mr Fox told Channel Nine on Friday.
“It’s left a gaping hole in our family… He was one in a million.”
Mr Fox died when 55-year-old Glenn William Bailey’s car allegedly veered onto the wrong side of the Bussell Highway, hitting Mr Fox’s truck head-on.
Mr Bailey appeared in court on Friday charged with dangerous driving causing death.
There were two other fatal crashes last Wednesday, which resulted in the deaths of a 28-year-old man in Jerramungup and a 21-year-old male passenger in Changerup.
There were 165 road deaths in WA in 2019 — the highest road toll since 2016 — prompting calls from RAC for more of a focus on road safety in 2020.