A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for a South West family after a toddler and his grandmother died in a horror double-fatal crash near Bunbury on Sunday.
The two-year-old was strapped into the rear passenger seat of a black Ford Territory alongside three other children when the car collided with a red Nissan X-TRAIL and silver Mazda 6 sedan about 2.45pm.
Despite frantic efforts by first responders to revive them, Zeak Boxall and his 57-year-old nan Denise Pelusey, who was driving, died at the scene along South Western Highway in North Boyanup.
“The close-knit Pelusey family was shattered by the sudden loss of two family members, Matriarch Denise and toddler Zeak,” GoFundMe organiser Lisa O’Donoghue wrote.
In a matter of hours, more than $13,000 has been raised via GoFundMe to help cover memorial and ongoing medical expenses for other family members injured in the accident.
“The tragic car accident happened in North Boyanup and left Denise’s daughter Brogan and her three young children with serious injuries and trauma,” Ms O’Donoghue said.
The 30-year-old mother was in the passenger seat and survived the crash with her children, aged between three and 12.
“Brogan’s husband Andrew is off work to be by the side of their youngest son while he recovers from emergency surgery in Perth while Brogan and the older children recover in Bunbury,” Ms O’Donoghue said.
“This beautiful South West family are valued and loved community members.
“They will need the love and support of friends and family to survive this unthinkable tragedy.
“Patriarch Kim Pelusey has lost his soul mate and wife of 38-years in Denise. Together Kim and Denise have five wonderful children, Caris, Taelor, Brogan, Makenzie and Braxton.
“They also have four grandchildren, including precious Zeak.
“Young couple Makenzie and Josh have suffered the incomprehensible loss of both their beloved only child Zeak and Makenzie’s Mum.
This beautiful South West family are valued and loved community members… please contribute to help support them.
“This beautiful South West family are valued and loved community members. They have difficult days, weeks and months ahead.
“If you can, please contribute to help support them with funeral expenses, ongoing medical care and any other financial needs.
“We can’t ease the loss they have experienced but we can try to ease the financial burden in their time of grief.”
To donate, visit: www.gofundme.com/f/pelusey-family-fund.