Police are investigating whether a driver turned to talk to her young children in the back seat seconds before she lost control of her utility, resulting in a fatal crash.
The utility collided with a Honda Civic near Toodyay. A 52-year-old Bedfordale woman passenger in the Honda was killed. Her 53-year-old husband, the driver, was flown to Royal Perth Hospital with head injuries.
He was in a critical but stable condition yesterday.
Police said the 43-year-old mother and her children, aged two and four, were not seriously injured in the crash on Toodyay Road about 6.30pm on Sunday. Major crash officers were investigating whether a momentary lapse of concentration caused the mother to swerve and lose control.
It was the third fatal crash in 48 hours on WA roads.
Less than an hour earlier, a 28-year-old Gosnells man died when he lost control on a sandy road shoulder east of Cue and was thrown from his car when it rolled several times.
Police believe he was not wearing a seatbelt.
Yesterday, relatives of a 25-year-old who survived a horror two-vehicle smash in the Goldfields on Friday night offered their condolences to the families involved. They thanked emergency services for saving Curtis Watchorn who was a passenger in a Ford Falcon sedan that collided with a minibus while trying to overtake a truck on Great Eastern Highway, east of Southern Cross.
The impact killed the Ford's driver, Diego Codyre, and front-seat passenger Luke Adams as well as the driver of the minibus, NSW father of three Aidan Ashcroft.Mr Watchorn and nine of Mr Ashcroft's relatives, including five children, were injured.
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