Tributes flow in for mum killed in Capel crash
The family of a former Karratha resident and TAFE staff member who died in a Bussell Highway crash last week say she will be remembered as a warm and loving person.
Jennifer Pratt, 61, was killed in a head-on collision in Capel about 4.45pm on Saturday, February 18, when a Toyota LandCruiser being driven erratically on the highway crashed into her Toyota RAV4.
Ms Pratt’s family issued a statement last week describing her as a happy and compassionate woman whose warmth won her many confidantes.
“Mum’s life has been tragically cut short,” they said.
“Not only did she leave her two kids, but a network of family, friends and communities across Australia, particularly in Busselton, Perth and the Pilbara (Karratha).”
“Mum’s brightness, beautiful smile and the way she listened and cared, meant that so many people loved and relied on her as a companion, someone to confide in and a true friend.
“One friend in particular described Mum as a Pilbara sunset, warm and always beautiful.”
Her family thanked those at the scene who had risked their lives to help her.
Ms Pratt formerly worked at Pilbara TAFE in Karratha before returning to the Busselton area.
A long-time friend spoke through tears about a woman who “always saw the best in everyone”.
Passersby rushed to help in whatever way they could at the crash scene on Saturday, with one man connecting a tow rope to the RAV4 and rolling it away from the burning LandCruiser with the help of others.
Ms Pratt’s passenger, 54year-old Busselton woman Karen Williams, managed to climb out of the car and received treatment at Bunbury Hospital.