A driver of a truck that crashed into the back of a broken-down car, killing a young mother and her 10-year-old son, has been charged over the accident.
Amy Slater, 26, and her son Leroy died at the scene, about 30 km outside of Corrigin in the West Australian Wheatbelt, while her other three children remain in hospital after the horror crash.
The accident occurred about midnight on Sunday after the family’s car ran out of petrol at Bulyee.
Amy’s partner, the children’s father, began walking to get fuel at about midnight on Sunday while the rest of the family waited in the car.
Police officers responding to the crash found the father walking towards Corrigin, and had to break it to him that his partner and eldest son had been killed.
The couple’s five-year-old son continues to fight for life in hospital, while their eight-year-old boy and three-year-old girl are also injured.
The family were moving to Perth to start a new life, closer to the Perth Children’s Hospital so one of the boys could get the help he needed for a heart condition.
A Forrestfield man will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with several offences, including dangerous driving occasioning death and dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
He wasn’t hurt in the incident, but police say he is “devastated” by the tragedy.