Grief strikes twice at Albany mother’s heart
FRANCINA Wynne feels like she has gone back in time 12 years to a place she never wanted to revisit.
Grief is on repeat for the Albany matriarch and her family as they grapple with the deaths of her son Kyrone Eades and daughter-in-law Amy-Lee Ugle Armstrong, both 24, in a horror high-speed car crash last month that left the young couple’s three children orphans.
Ms Wynne’s eldest son Herzel Eades, 18, and his girlfriend Renee Pickett, 17, were killed in 2004 when their car and a truck collided in Albany.
Kyrone and Amy-Lee were passengers in a car that split in half on impact after the driver allegedly sped away from pursuing police without headlights on, veered on to the wrong side of the road and hit a tree in Cockburn Central on December 2. It’s reported he reached speeds up to 180km/h.
Police had abandoned the chase shortly before the crash. A third passenger, a 19-yearold man, was also killed. The driver, Matthew John Conduit, escaped with minor injuries.
Ms Wynne said she was trying to be strong for her devastated grandchildren, aged between five and 10.
She said both families were in a “world of grief and heartache” and the young couple would be “forever missed”.
Ms Wynne understood Kyrone and Amy-Lee had accepted a random offer of a lift.
“These two young lives were snatched from our families in such tragic circumstances,” Ms Wynne said.
“The family has got a lot of unanswered questions ... the answers we need can only come from the driver.”
Ms Wynne said Kyrone and Amy-Lee’s deaths had “opened up old wounds”.
“You wouldn’t think it would ever happen once, let alone twice. When I lost Herzel that shattered my heart, I couldn’t even talk, I never left the house ... Kye was there to help me with my grieving,” she said. “They say time heals, but I can tell you it doesn’t.”
Mr Conduit, who has been charged with three counts of dangerous driving causing death and one count of failing to stop at the direction of police, has not yet entered pleas.
The 25-year-old South Lake man is on bail and will reappear in Fremantle Magistrates Court next month.