The “miracle” survivor of a devastating crash that claimed the lives of two brothers and a young father in Perth’s southern suburbs this week has paid tribute to his late friends from hospital.
Tyler Rowe, 21, was a passenger in a white Audi A3 sedan that collided head-on with another car on Sixty Eight Rd in Baldivis just after 5pm on Wednesday.
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Young father Jaziah Thomas, 24, and siblings Kody Bell, 24 and William Bell, 21, were killed in the crash.
The 44-year-old driver and only person in the other car involved, a blue Kia Stinger, suffered minor injuries.
Rowe was airlifted to hospital in a serious condition on Wednesday and witnesses say it was a miracle he escaped the carnage with his life.
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From hospital, where he is in a stable condition, he posted a message to his fallen friends.
“I love you boys and I’m going to miss you so much,” he said in a post on Facebook.
Tyler Rowe has paid tribute to his three mates who died in the horrific crash.
Credit: Tyler Rowe/Facebook
Meanwhile a friend of Kody Bell has launched an online fundraising effort to cover the 24-year-old’s funeral and assist with ongoing living costs for his wife and children.
More than $19,000 has been raised since the page was launched.
“I’m absolutely gutted to be writing this. Kody Bell has sadly passed away along with his brother Will and his friend Jaziah,” Jake Kelly shared.
“As you can imagine this is an incredibly tough time for all friends and family and I have started this GoFundMe to raise costs for Kody’s funeral arrangements and ongoing living costs for his wife and two young children.
“Anything donated will contribute greatly and will be extremely appreciated.”
Jaziah Thomas, Kody Bell and William Bell were killed in a Baldivis crash on Wednesday. Credit: 7NEWS
Major Crash investigators are working to understand what sparked the tragedy.
“Speed is certainly one of those factors that we’re looking at but we’re not going to consider that in isolation,” Major Crash Officer In Charge Adam Matson told reporters on Thursday.
“There’s a number of other factors that we’ve got to wait on, pending our vehicle examinations.”
Along with examining dashcam footage provided to police, authorities also plan to speak with Rowe.
“This investigation could take a number of weeks, it could take longer,” Matson said.
‘Like an explosion’
One witness recounted how the crash “was like an explosion” and how locals had raced over to do what they could.
“(It was) pretty intense,” first responder Dina King said.
“The impact sent the engine 80m in the opposite direction.”
The crash site, in front of homes in the semi-rural suburb of Baldivis, about 46 km south of Perth’s CBD, is now a shrine of flowers, photos and other trinkets for the three dead.
Anyone with vision or information should come forward to authorities.
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