Baldivis crash: Crash victim Kody Bell’s wife Gabrielle Bell pleads with motorists not to drink and drive

Shannon Hampton & Nick OverallThe West Australian
VideoGabby Bell has revealed the huge gap he will leave in their family's life.

The widow of one of the three men who died in a horror head-on crash in Baldivis has tearfully pleaded with motorists not to drink and drive because “all that it leaves is heartache and grief for everyone that loved them”.

Kody Bell, a 24-year-old married father of two, and his younger brother William, 21, were backseat passengers in an Audi A3 driven by Jaziah Thomas, 24, when it ploughed into a Kia Stinger on Sixty Eight Road in Baldivis about 5.10pm on Wednesday.

The force of the impact was so severe all three died at the scene before they could be pulled from the car.

On Friday, Kody’s wife and mother of his two children, Gabrielle Bell, thanked the first responders who did everything they could to help.

“Three young men lost their lives and two victims thankfully survived,” she told 7News.

“I want to thank all of the first responders on the scene who did everything they did to help. I wish a smooth and speedy recovery for those who miraculously survived.”

Mrs Bell expressed her condolences to the parents of her husband and his brother, as well as Mr Thomas’ partner, who is also left to bring up two young children alone.

“Our family is devastated over the loss of Will and Kody,” she said.

“William was a funny, caring and vibrant man who loved many and was loved by all. He was my children’s godfather and a proud uncle. I was proud to call him my brother-in-law.”

Breaking down in tears, Mrs Bell said: “To my beautiful husband, Kody Bell. This is something I never imagined I’d have to do.”

“Losing you so suddenly has been the hardest part of my life. You have two beautiful babies who will forever miss you and love you,” she said.

“You were a caring, empathetic and cheeky man who loved us and you were proud to be a father.

“Almost nine years with you by my side, in sickness and in health like you promised in your vows.

“The hole in my heart will never be filled, knowing you will not be here to see Laiken and Violet grow up, to walk (Violet) down the aisle like you intended to one day do.

“I’m proud to be your wife and to have your children. I will protect them and love them forever, as I will continue to love you until my last breath.”

Referring to the heartbreaking fact the two brothers died together, Mrs Bell said: “I’m glad you two had each other until the very end and you both can find peace knowing that you were loved very much.”

“I just hope people can be safe on the roads and not drink and drive because all that it leaves is heartache and grief for everyone that loved them,” she said.

Police on Thursday said speed, alcohol and a potential lack of seatbelts were lines of inquiry being followed in a major crash investigation.

A fourth passenger in the Audi, 21-year-old Tyler Rowe, was freed from his front passenger seat by the jaws of life and flown to Royal Perth Hospital where he remained in a stable condition on Thursday. Police described his survival as miraculous.

The 44-year-old woman behind the wheel of the second car fortunately avoided serious injury.

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