Rising Aussie star killed before 18th birthday

Family members and loved ones have described the teen as a 'bright young star'.

A "much-loved" Aussie teen killed in a horror crash along an infamous stretch of road is being remembered as "bright young AFL star" and "somebody you could always count on".

Jordan Culley, 17, from Western Australia, was killed after his vehicle veered off Indian Ocean Drive near Leeman — about 260km north of Perth — at 5am on Tuesday.

It's understood the teenager was driving a Toyota Landcruiser station wagon and was heading south when the vehicle swerved and rolled a number of times. He suffered extensive wounds and despite paramedics's efforts, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three other passengers — a boy, 16, a man, 20 and a woman, 18 — were also injured during the crash and each transported to the Royal Perth Hospital. It's understood all three are now stable.

Jordan Culley.
Jordan Culley, right, was killed during a horror accident in WA on Tuesday morning. Source: Facebook.

Jordan Culley 'one of the people you could always count on'

The rising young AFL player was a well-known and much-loved member of the local Aussie Rules community, having played for the Cervantes Tiger Sharks, winning a premiership along side his older brother Blake in 2022 and this year "finishing runner-up fairest and best", the club wrote in a tribute.

"It’s with a heavy heart that we’re making this post. In the early ours of yesterday morning Jordan Culley was tragically killed in a car accident," the Tiger Sharks wrote on Facebook. "The Club, and community, has lost one of its brightest young stars, at just 17 years of age.

"Jordan has played the last two years in the Reserves, winning a premiership, along side his big brother Blake in 2022, and this year finished Runner Up Fairest & Best, and 3rd in the association, The Ian Wyatt Medal. Jordan was a much loved member of the Tiger Sharks Family, and will be forever missed."

Jordan Culley.
Culley, right, is being membered as a "bright young star" and a "great man". Source: Facebook.

A member of the Culley family thanked the club for their words. "Thank you for the tribute much appreciated from his family," Daniel Culley wrote.

'Forever 17'

Another young man, who described himself at Culley's best friend, spoke of his heartbreak in an emotional social media post. "Forever 17 my brother," he said.

"You were my best friend, brother and one of the people I could always count on. I love you so much Jordan — fly high and I pray there’s a heaven just for you. I’ll come see you one day my brother, until then party hard up there brother."

Culley's car pictured after the crash
It's understood Culley's car swerved off a road and flipped multiple times, injuring three others in the vehicle. Source: Nine.

Others online remembered Culley as a "good little footballer who never took a backwards step" and "such a great young man". "Forever in our hearts. Amazing young man taken way too soon. Rest peacefully Jordy," a woman wrote.

It's understood Culley was just shy of his eighteenth birthday when he died.

Indian Ocean Drive is considered one of the deadliest roads in WA, with almost 200 accidents reportedly having occurred along the stretch of road in recent years.

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