The parents of Geraldton teenager Amber Finch, who was electrocuted by a fallen powerline two years ago, are seeking compensation from Western Power over the Stateowned utility’s alleged responsibility for her death.
The 17-year-old was killed by electric shock in the early hours of January 31, 2011 when her head struck a damaged wire left dangling by storms which had lashed the Mid West city.
The former Geraldton Senior College pupil was walking along Augustus St, Beachlands after a party.
Greta Bradley and Cameron Johnson, also 17 at the time, were with Amber and injured by the line, requiring medical treatment.
It emerged yesterday, WA’s energy safety watchdog EnergySafety had charged Western Power over the death and the utility could face a maximum penalty of $250,000, if convicted.
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TOM DAVIS AND DANIEL MERCER