Mourners at the funeral of taxi driver Kuldeep Singh, who was killed in a crash involving a stolen four-wheel-drive vehicle, have called for the State Government to get tough to protect innocent motorists.
Up to 200 people gathered at Karrakatta cemetery to farewell the 28-year-old who was remembered as a compassionate man and a loving husband who was looking forward to the birth of his first child.
His wife Harpreet Kaur, who is expected to give birth within days, collapsed in grief near the end of the service.
Sikh community leader Satinder Singh Samra asked the congregation to remember Sean Barrett — the 36-year-old British physicist who was also killed in the crash on Orrong Road, near Leach Highway, on Friday last week.
Mr Samra said a friend of Dr Barrett had met the Singh family on Monday to convey his condolences, and the Sikh community had sent a floral tribute to the respected scientist’s family in Manchester.
“We believe something good should come out of this,” Mr Samra said.
“Something has to be done to bring tougher penalties ... and protect the innocent people on( the road.”
Mr Samra said Mr Singh arrived in Australia about six years ago and initially lived in Melbourne.
He was granted permanent residency in 2009 and moved to Perth, where he planned to raise his (family with his wife whom he married last year.
He was the sole provider for his family and also supported relatives in India.
Tom Stace, a former colleague of Dr Barrett, met staff from Police Minister Liza Harvey’s office to discuss strategies he believed could save lives during police pursuits.
They included a bright blue and red flashing warning light that could be fitted on police helicopters, a compulsory immobiliser that could allow drivers to immobilise their vehicle remotely, and a way for police to intervene with traffic signals remotely to prevent head-on collisions.
“It seems like this is a chronic problem in Perth, and so surely it’s worth thinking about what technical measures police could adopt,” Dr Stace said.
Police have charged Antony (Fogarty, 23, with two counts of manslaughter over the crash.