Outpouring of sadness after two teenagers are killed when their camping trip turned to tragedy near Perth: ‘I just want you to come home’
- Ryleigh Land and Dale Martin, both 17, were killed in car accident on Saturday
- Pair were driving in Wagerup, WA when the driver lost control of the ute
- The car rolled up to seven times with both teenagers unable to be saved
- Devastated relatives and friends paid tribute at the site of the crash on Sunday
Two teenage boys have died after a horror car accident during a camping trip which saw their ute roll up to seven times.
Ryleigh Land and Dale Martin, both aged 17, were driving in their Mitsubishi Triton Utility on the South Western Highway in Wagerup, south of Perth, at around 1.30pm on Saturday when tragedy struck.
It’s understood Dale was behind the wheel when he lost control of the ute which rolled near the Marriott Road intersection.
Both teenagers died at the scene.
Ryleigh Land, 17, was killed when the Mitsubishi Triton Utility he was a passenger in rolled on a highway in Wagerup, WA on Saturday afternoon
Shattered loved ones visited the site of the crash on Sunday afternoon.
Heartbroken relatives and friends of Ryleigh left a set of cricket stumps and a bat as a tribute to the ‘cricket mad’ teenager, with messages of ‘love you’ and ‘never forgotten’ written onto the stumps.
Ryleigh’s mother Kelly Land described him as ‘responsible’ and a ‘strong and resilient kid’.
‘For 17, he was way beyond his years,’ she told the West Australian.
Ryleigh’s brother Connor said he could always put a smile on his face, and was ‘cricket mad’.
‘Fly high brother, you will be missed. I just want you to come home, I still don’t believe it’s real,’ he said.
Dale Martin was the other 17-year-old killed during the tragedy on Saturday
Shoes, keys and a red P-plate were found scattered in the debris at the scene.
West Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the crash was a ‘tragedy’ but said the state would not follow NSW and Victoria in making P-platers have to complete 120 hours of supervised training before getting their licence.
She said it was ‘tough’ for young people to find the support for supervised driving, with teenagers only needing to complete 50 hours in WA.
‘My condolences go to the families, I’ve experienced a family member who has died in a car crash and it is something that devastates the entire family . . . and friends,’ Ms Saffioti told reporters.
‘We will examine what else we can do to improve safety, particularly in regional WA where we do see disproportionate number of people who do die or have serious injuries.’
Any witnesses or those with dashcam footage of the crash have been urged by police to come forward as major crash investigators assess the accident.
Devastated loved ones are pictured at the scene while a set of cricket stumps and a bat was left behind