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Shattered dead warned lost son
The West Australian Joel Peabody, who died in the Esperance crash at the weekend

Friends tried desperately to resuscitate two teens thrown from a car after it rolled on a dirt track near Esperance but 18-year-old Joel Peabody could not be saved.

His critically injured 14-year-old friend is still fighting for her life in Princess Margaret Hospital with head and spinal injuries after Saturday's crash.

They were not wearing seatbelts when flung from a Mazda 121 after the 17-year-old driver allegedly lost control near Pink Lake and rolled several times.

An 18-year-old in the boot, the driver and a 13-year-old girl in the front seat were not injured and tried to help their friends as others rushed to their aid.

Joel Peabody's distraught father Rodney said his son's best friend got out of the car minutes earlier and rushed to help, holding Joel in his arms as he died.

Choking back tears, he said he pressed his son about the dangers of teenagers driving in the bush in the lead-up to taking his driver's licence test this week.

Mr Peabody said his son was a "happy-go-lucky" young bloke who looked forward to getting his driver's licence to visit his girlfriend in Perth more often.

Joel graduated from Esperance Senior High School last year and planned to study construction courses this year.

Mr Peabody rushed to Esperance hospital after a friend called from the crash scene.

When he arrived, police told him his son, the second eldest of seven children, had died.

Friends and relatives posted tributes on Facebook yesterday.

Police charged the alleged driver with dangerous driving causing death and grievous bodily harm and unlicensed driving.