KIRALEE SMITH and EMMA HANDRECK
A horrific collision in WA’s South-West yesterday afternoon has left a Geographe boy dead and another in a critical condition at Royal Perth Hospital.
The 15-year-old boys, who were cousins, collided head-on while riding trail bikes near sand dunes between Layman Road and Wonnerup Beach, 10kms east of Busselton.
They were taken to Busselton Hospital where one of the boys died from serious head injuries.
The other boy was transferred to Royal Perth Hospital by the Royal Flying Doctor Service and was this morning in a critical condition.
RPH medical imaging technologist Brett Smith said staff were hopeful the boy would survive.
Mr Smith said it was common for patients to come to hospital because of a trail bike accident.
“Most weekends we come across several dirt bike and quad bike accidents,” he said.
“A severely brain-injured person may never recover their brain function and they live the rest of their life in a state where they can’t interact or do anything.
“We see that quite often here.”
Mr Smith said it was important children were educated about the dangers of riding motorbikes.
“Being so young I’m not sure the safety messages get through to them,” he said.
“A simple thing like riding with your mate on the dunes on a Sunday afternoon can turn tragic pretty quickly.”
A police spokesman said both bikes were badly damaged in the collision and local police would continue to investigate the accident.
Busselton police acting Sen. Sgt. Todd Carrington said the boys were riding on a gravel track.
“Only judging by the impact damage, it can be estimated the vehicles were travelling at around 50-60 kph, but that’s just a rough estimate.”