Tributes flow in for mum killed in Capel crash

Pilbara News - - News - Staff re­porters

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.

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