A West Australian family has been hit with another tragedy with the mother of a murdered toddler identified as the passenger killed in a horror multi-car crash at an intersection in Perth’s north.
Tributes are flowing for Kerry Bodney, 31, after she died in hospital following the Wednesday morning crash.
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Police say Bodney was the passenger in a black BMW sedan heading east on Beach Rd when it allegedly sped through a red light.
The BMW crashed into another car travelling south on Mirrabooka Ave about 11.35am, leaving Bodney with critical injuries.
She was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital, where she later died.
The driver of the BMW allegedly fled the scene before he was arrested in Mirrabooka and taken to hospital.
The 27-year-old has been charged with manslaughter, failure to stop and ensure assistance was received after an incident occasioning death and failure to report an incident occasioning death. He was due to face court on Thursday.
The tragedy comes just over a decade after Bodney’s two-year-old son, Robert, was killed by her former partner, Wayne Narkle.
Narkle was in 2014 sentenced to life behind bars in the Supreme Court of WA after pleading guilty to murdering Robert Bodney at a home in Bassendean in December 2012.
Loved ones took to social media to remember Bodney as a “loving, beautiful person”.
“Rest in paradise, my darling. You be with your baby boy now, my sister,” Kayla Woods said.
Friend Brenda Turvey added: “So sad and heartbreaking, I hope your son is waiting at the gates with open arms to greet his mum.”
“My heart fell out (of) my chest hearing the new(s). My sister you(’re) with your son now sister so rest easy,” friend Lesley Kearing said.
“You’ve been my sister girl since primary school and all the memories of us are always gonna (sic) be with me. I just cant believe it(‘s) true, it all seems like a lie.”
Several emergency crews were called to the scene on Wednesday.
A man in his thirties was taken to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital with serious injuries.
Three people – two men in their eighties and twenties and a woman in her fifties – were also taken to Joondalup Health Campus with non-life-threatening injuries.
Major Crash detectives are investigating and are appealing for anyone with information or who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online via www.crimestopperswa.com.au.
Dashcam or mobile phone video of the incident can be directly uploaded to investigators here.