Children orphaned after couple killed in crash on anniversary trip

Kamilia Palu
·News Editor
·2-min read

A young Perth couple have been killed in a devastating car accident after celebrating their seventh wedding anniversary on a weekend away.

Sabine and James - known as Jim - Mather were driving to pick up their children after returning home from the trip when their Skoda Yeti collided head-on with a Toyota Landcruiser towing a caravan on the Bussell Highway.

The horrific accident has left the couple’s two young sons, aged seven and five, orphaned.

Mr Mather’s two teenage girls from a previous relationship have also lost their father and step-mum.

Sabine and Jim Mather pose for photos on their wedding day.
Sabine and Jim Mather were killed in a horrific head-on collision on Sunday on the Bussell Highway. Source: Facebook

Mrs Mather, 31, and Mr Mather, 36, have been described as a “perfect” couple by friends and family in a flood of tributes online.

“This gorgeous couple were salt of the earth humans, the most loyal and generous friends anyone could ask for, and loving parents to their four children,” one heartbroken friend wrote.

“Thank you Sabine and Jimbo for always being there for us through the good times and the bad. We are all here for your family now.”

“My heart is broken,” said another. “You two were so perfect together.”

A GoFundMe set up to raise funds for the couple’s funerals and their children’s futures has raised more than $30,000 in 24 hours.

“Those who knew Sabine and Jim Mather would describe them as a friendly, caring, and down to earth couple who were loved by everyone they met. They were parents who would do anything for their children,” the GoFundMe says.

The couple’s sons will now be raised by their grandparents, who will set aside their retirement plans to focus on their grandchildren.

A Facebook photo of Sabine and Jim Mather smiling for the camera.
The couple were adored by their friends and family, and leave behind four children. Source: Facebook

Mr Mather’s daughters will live full-time with their mother.

“It is absolutely devastating for everyone,” the GoFundMe says.

Police said the crash scene on Sunday was traumatic and urged those who arrived at the scene before emergency crews to seek help if they need it.

"I just encourage anyone who saw [traumatic things] to talk to someone," South West Police Superintendent Geoff Stewart told the ABC.

The two occupants of the Toyota were taken to hospital.

Police are appealing for witnesses of the crash to come forward.

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