Tragic end to family’s relocation
A HORRIFIC spate of road accidents across Australia in the past day has claimed five lives including those of a ten-year-old boy and a 19-year-old cyclist.
In one of the tragic incidents, a young mum and her child were killed in Western Australia's wheatbelt region as they were relocating to Perth with the rest of their family.
Amy Slater, 26, and her son Leroy, 10, died after a semi-trailer crashed into the back of their parked car which was towing a trailer Brookton-Corrigin Road near Corrigin about midnight.
Ms Slater's three other children - two sons, Jacob and Thomas, aged eight and five and a three-year-old daughter, Madison - were flown to Perth Children's Hospital in a serious condition.
The family ran out of fuel about midnight on Sunday and the 27-year-old father, Leroy Dimer, was walking the 28 kilometres to the family's hometown of Corrigin to get petrol.
Police said a semi-trailer towing grain trailers came around the bend of the road and crashed into the rear of the car and trailer, pushing them into a nearby paddock.
A hospital spokeswoman told AAP the five-year-old was in a critical but stable condition this morning, while the other two children were in a serious but stable condition.
The 45-year-old driver of the semi-trailer alerted authorities to the emergency and is being questioned by police.
Ms Slater's heartbroken aunt, Pauline Bropho, today told reporters the family had just received a home transfer and had been looking forward to their move to Perth.
"Amy was an excellent mother to her children. Everything that she did was all for her kids," she said.
"Little Leroy, he was a lovely little boy, loved his sports and he was looking forward to playing sport down here in Perth once they'd moved.
"Amy was waiting for years for this transfer to come down to Perth to start a new life for her kids... She was looking forward to the move, and now she's gone and we don't have her anymore.
"We just want justice for her and her little boy that she lost... If the driver of the truck is at fault, we want justice for Amy and her baby."
Police spotted the driver of the car, who is the father of the children, walking along the Brookton-Corrigin Road, about 11km west of the Wheatbelt town.
Officers have now charged a 45-year-old man in relation to the crash.
Superintendent Ian Clarke described the crash as a "terrible situation all around" and said major crash investigators remained at the scene.
"You just can't believe people have survived, but they have and they've come out of it relatively unscathed from an injury perspective," he said. "But there's obviously a lot more that will go on from here. It's a terribly tragic thing for the Corrigin community."
Supt Clarke said local police officers had been in contact with family members. He also said the crash should remind people to drive carefully on rural roads, including being mindful of fatigue and surroundings.
"You have to be as alert as you might be driving in peak hour traffic in the city," he said.
"The chances of getting more seriously injured or killed in that (country) environment are much higher."
The truck driver was treated for minor injuries at Corrigin Hospital. He has been charged with numerous dricing offences and will appear at Perth Magistrates Court today.
THREE DEATHS IN NSW
There has also been a horrific spate of deaths in NSW in the past 24 hours, claiming the lives of a teenage cyclist, and elderly woman and a motorcyclist.
A 39-year-old motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and suffered critical injuries at Alstonville, in the state's north yesterday.
Police say he was hit by a van travelling south on Ballina Road and emergency services were unable to revive him. He died at the scene.
A 33-year-old woman was taken to hospital for mandatory tests.
An elderly woman has died after being hit by a garbage truck in Sydney's northwest on Monday evening.
The woman was crossing Claremont Crescent in Windsor at about 5pm when she was struck by the garbage truck.
Emergency services attended to treat the elderly woman, but she suffered critical injuries and died at the scene.
The male driver of the truck stopped and tried to help the pedestrian. He has been taken to hospital for mandatory testing and is assisting police with their investigation.
In Western Sydney, a 19-year-old male cyclist died overnight after colliding with an SUV on Forrester Road, near Griffith Street at St Marys.
Emergency services were called to the scene at about 9.30pm. The male driver was not injured however the teenage cyclist died at the scene.
The driver has been taken to hospital for mandatory tests, police said.
Officers from Nepean Police District are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.
The tragedies follow a separate accident in Sydney's west on Monday afternoon, leaving a woman in a serious condition in hospital.
Emergency services were called to the intersection of Memorial Avenue and Bathurst Street, Liverpool at about 1.40pm, following reports a woman was hit by a bus while standing on the footpath.
It is understood the woman was trapped between the bus and a traffic light pole for a short time, before she was treated by paramedics and taken to Liverpool Hospital. The bus driver was also taken to hospital for mandatory blood and alcohol testing, police said.
- with AAP