The parents of a young Perth woman who was killed in a horror two-car crash this week have shared their heartbreak over her sudden death, saying she should be burying them, “not the other way around”.
Abbey Rose Sheriff was killed instantly on Wednesday night when the Nissan X-Trail she purchased just weeks ago collided with another vehicle on the Kwinana Freeway near the intersection of Mundijong Road.
The 21-year-old footy player, who had recently celebrated her birthday, was headed to a friend’s home when her car was sent flying off the road, reportedly forcing firefighters to cut her body from the wreckage. The 28-year-old woman behind the wheel of the other vehicle was taken to hospital for assessment, WA Police said. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Abbey was the only child of Julie and Darren Sheriff, who told 7News they struggled to get pregnant before having their “miracle” baby.
“I’m never going to heal from this — I’ll never be the same. I’ve lost my baby, my best friend. I’m heartbroken,” Mrs Sheriff said, describing her daughter as a bubbly barista with “a beautiful big smile, big brown eyes and a heart of gold”.
The mum said she had a bad “gut feeling” when Abbey failed to text her to let her know she had made it to her friend’s place. The couple told the publication they jumped in their car and started driving in the same direction, only to be met with police lights.
“For her to be taken so early, 21 is just too young,” Mr Sheriff told 9News. “She should be burying us not the other way around.”
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Abbey had spoken of big travel plans for 2023 and had recently returned from a trip to Bali with friends. “This was meant to be her year,” her mum said.
The couple have created a GoFundMe to help give their “baby girl” a “beautiful send off”. “Abbey Rose was our baby girl who always put others before herself. She had a beautiful heart and soul,” they wrote.
Tributes from friends have poured in since the 21-year-old’s death, with the Mandurah Mustangs Football and Netball Club honouring their teammate in a heart wrenching Facebook post.
“Abbey was a Mustangs junior, and had a pivotal role in our inaugural women’s team, she was adored by everyone, a gentle, kind and caring soul, and a beautiful, vibrant, smiling exterior, but don’t be fooled, she could rough up the big guns on the footy field. Rest easy up there kiddo, fly high.”
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