Teen sweethearts tragedy
Young love: Jose Garces and Emmie Millson. Picture: Facebook

The mother of a 14-year-old boy hit by a car as he tried to cross a road in Munster with his girlfriend yesterday has spoken of her anguish at never being able to see her son again.

Jose Garces and his girlfriend Emmie Millson, 14, were walking hand-in-hand slightly ahead of their group of friends across Beeliar Drive at the Stock Road intersection when they were hit by a Ford Falcon just after midnight.

Jose was thrown several metres and was fatally injured as he landed on the road. Despite the efforts of bystanders, he was declared dead at the scene.

"He was a beautiful boy, so loving, he always came to me and talked about everything," Jose's mother Tereska Garces said.

"I just wanted the best for him, I'm just sad I've lost my son, we were so close."

Mitch Redshaw, who stopped and helped perform CPR on the teenager, said he and another man worked desperately to bring Jose back to life.

Mr Redshaw, 18, said he took his shirt off and used it to clear the blood from Jose's mouth so he could try to resuscitate him. "It's just a tragedy . . . it's meant to be a time to be celebrating with your friends," he said.

"Everyone there did absolutely everything they could do and worked their hardest.

"All of his friends were so brave and stayed strong for the young man and the other lady who was injured."

Emmie was last night in Princess Margaret Hospital with serious leg injuries.

The silver Ford had been travelling south on Stock Road and is believed to have had right of way with a green light. The 21-year-old driver was questioned by police and alcohol and speed were ruled out as possible factors.

A police spokeswoman said witness reports suggested the pair ran out in front of the car as it approached the unlit intersection.

That claim was denied by the pair's friends who were at the scene. One friend who spoke to _The West Australian _said she did not know whether the group were crossing on a green or red pedestrian light but that she sensed the car speed up as it approached the intersection.

Family and friends posted messages of condolence online, expressing their shock.

Emmie's sister Jade spoke of the young couple's love. "They were two teenagers madly in love," she wrote on Facebook.

Jose's brother Samuel said there was nothing worse than knowing his little brother was "gone for ever".

"I love you Jose always. I'll make you proud buddy you watch," he wrote.

"Feeling the coldness of your face is just terrifying. I was in so much shock."

School friends Komang Muir and Louis Witton paid their respects by laying flowers at the scene.

Komang and Louis said Jose was a larrikin with a generous spirit who made his friends laugh and was always looking out for people.

The West Australian

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