Two women dead in horror Cooloongup crash after tragic start to WA Day long weekend

Daryna ZadvirnaThe West Australian
Two women died in the Cooloongup crash.
Camera IconTwo women died in the Cooloongup crash. Credit: Danella Bevis/WA News

WA Police Minister has paid tribute to the young women who died after a horror crash in Cooloongup in what is a tragic start to the WA Day long weekend on the State’s roads.

Police said a white Landcruiser collided with a beige Nissan Micra that was turning right into Grange Drive from Ennis Avenue about 7.40pm last night.

The driver of the Nissan — a 27-year-old woman from Success — was taken to Rockingham Hospital but died a short time later.

Her passenger — a 27-year-old woman from Cooloongup — died at the scene.

Sunil Kumar, who witnessed the incident last night, said his heart was still racing and hurting from what he saw.

The 31-year-old was on his way home from work, waiting at the traffic lights next to the Nissan.

“I started driving when the light went green—I went first and their car was behind me,” he said.

As the Nissan was turning, Mr Kumar said a 4WD came flying out at about 100km/h from the left and slammed into the passengers side.

“It was really bad, really horrible,” he said.

These two girls, they had no fault at all.

“If I was behind them, it could’ve been me.”

Another witness said the crash sounded like a “big explosion”.

The driver of the Landcruiser, a man in his 50s, failed to stop and was later captured by police.

Witnesses said he was dramatically arrested at a nearby McDonalds car park about 10 minutes after the crash.

The man was taken to Royal Perth Hospital and is assisting police with their inquiries.

But a male passenger of the Landcruiser, not believed to be injured, fled the scene.

WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts said her thoughts were with the family and friends of the victims and urged the passenger on the run to come forward.

“You have to own up,” she said.

“How can you live with yourself if you haven’t rendered assistance.

“To the parents of those girls and to their family and friends, it’s incomprehensible.”

Investigators would like to speak with anyone who saw the crash, or may have CCTV / dash-cam footage of the vehicles driving in the area at the time.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online .

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