Friends rally to youth’s help after Two Rocks crash


Diana and Andres Garcia. Andres has no immediate family in Australia.
Diana and Andres Garcia. Andres has no immediate family in Australia.

Andres Garcia (17) was a passenger in a Mitsubishi Mirage driven by his Colombian mother Diana Garcia (47) when a Hyundai Sonata carrying five people crashed into the metallic pink hatchback about 9pm.

A Nollamarra man (24), who was driving the Hyundai, and a male front seat passenger (30) were killed. Three backseat passengers – two females (25 and 23) and a male (25) – were taken to Royal Perth Hospital where they were in a stable condition yesterday.

Police said the Sonata was overtaking a Holden Rodeo when it collided with Ms Garcia’s hatchback on Two Rocks Road.

Andres was stabilised at Joondalup Health Campus before being transferred to RPH where it is understood he is being treated for a break in his lower back, a crushed foot and serious hand injury.

The Two Rocks resident was in a stable condition yesterday. Compounding the distress of the situation, Andres has no relatives in Australia to care for him after the death of Ms Garcia, who was a single mother.

Close friends have set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the youth’s care.

The page had raised more than $13,000 in just 21 hours with an aim of $50,000.

“Diana was a single hard- working mother who did everything she could to love and care for Andres,” the page reads.

“He has no other immediate family in Australia, the only people he has supporting him are his close friends.

“We are trying to raise money for Andres to pay for things such as funeral expenses, hospital bills, rehabilitation and living expenses as he is still a school student with no income.”

The triple fatality comes after a 20-year-old man was killed in a head-on vehicle collision on the same road in September last year.

The most recent Main Roads statistics, which cover up to 2014, showed two crash deaths on Two Rocks Road in the five years from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2014.

To donate to Andres’ fundraising page visit www.gofundme.com/helpandresg