A mother of three faces a long and arduous road to recovery after being one of only two survivors of a catastrophic crash that left three people dead.
Ika Lauchlan, 44, was driving home in her Kia Stinger along Sixty Eight Road in Baldivis, south of Perth, when her car collided with an Audi A3 shortly after 5pm on Wednesday.
Ms Lauchlan, who works as a nurse, was less than two kilometers from her home when her vehicle was struck by the car.
The driver of the Audi and father of two, Jaziah Thomas, 24, and his passengers, brothers Kody, 24, and William Bell, 21, were killed in the crash.
A fourth passenger, Tyler Rowe, 21, suffered a serious arm injury and was airlifted to hospital.
Ika Lauchlan (pictured), 44, a mother of three, is recovering in hospital after surviving a devastating car crash that killed three men.
Jaziah Thomas was driving an Audi sedan with three passengers inside when the car collided with a Kia Stinger. Mr. Thomas could not be saved
Ms. Lauchlan miraculously survived with a broken ankle and multiple torn ligaments.
She was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital.
Due to her serious injuries, Ms. Lauchlan will have to relearn how to walk and wear a neck brace. The brace is because one of the ligaments she tore was in her neck.
Her husband said she faced a long recovery period.
“She has been bedridden for a few days. It was only earlier this morning that the doctor gave him clearance to sit up,” he said. Western Australia.
He noted that his wife was in constant pain and had to constantly take painkillers because of her injuries.
A GoFundMe was established by Ms. Lauchlan’s aunt, Kathleen Lauchlan, to raise funds to help the beloved nurse and her family.
“She has three beautiful children and her husband is a long-haul truck driver,” she wrote.
He’s due to lose his job this week, so no pay but the bills are still coming. Please help, any amount will help. Thank you for the care.’
The driver of the Audi, Jaziah Thomas, 24, and his passengers, brothers Kody and William Bell, aged 24 and 21, were killed when their Audi collided with Ms. Lauchlan’s Kia Stinger in Baldivis, south of Perth.
Ms Lauchlan miraculously survived the crash with a broken angle and multiple torn ligaments and was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital.
Chilling CCTV footage captured the moment before the crash – as emergency crews rushed to the tragic scene in the aftermath.
Video from a resident’s security camera showed a white Audi A3 sedan reportedly speeding down the road beforehand.
About 20 minutes later, several fire trucks were driving down the road as they rushed to the scene of the accident.
Investigations into the accident are ongoing.
Detective Senior Sergeant Adam Matson told reporters on Thursday that several factors, including speed and alcohol, were considered potential causes of the crash.
“Speed is certainly one of the factors we look at, but we’re not going to look at it in isolation,” he said.
Shocking footage has emerged showing a white Audi sedan allegedly speeding down a road before crashing, killing three young men inside the vehicle.
William Bell lost his life in Wednesday’s tragedy
Kody and William Bell were tragically killed in the crash on Sixty Eight Road in Baldivis shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday (pictured, Kody Bell)
Meanwhile, Kody Bell’s widow, Gabrielle Bell, paid a heartfelt tribute to her husband and vowed to always protect their son and daughter.
She also made a desperate appeal because she does not want other families to suffer the same nightmare she is experiencing.
“I hope everyone is driving safe and being careful, take care of yourselves. Make sure to hold onto your loved ones and tell them every day how much you love them, cherish your moments,” she posted on Facebook on Friday.
Mrs Bell later said Seven short stories: “I just hope people can be safe on the roads and not drink and drive, because all that leaves is heartache and sorrow for everyone who loved them.”