A mother who survived a head-on collision that claimed three lives in Perth’s southern suburbs says she is unsure whether her life will ever return to the normal she once knew.
Ika Lauchlan was travelling along Sixty Eight Rd in Baldivis on the afternoon of September 27 when her life changed in an instant.
Coming the other way, and reportedly at speed, was an Audi A3.
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The impact killed three occupants of that car – driver Jaziah Thomas, 24, Kody Bell, 24, and his brother William Bell, 21. Their friend Tyler Rowe somehow survived the crash.
“I still remember quite vividly and it’s probably not the best thing,” Lauchlan told 6PR Perth.
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“I can see the two people sitting in the front (and was thinking), ‘you’re going to hit me, we’re going to crash’.
Lauchlan said her Kia Stinger was sent spinning before finally coming to a stop.
“The next thing I know, I saw smoke coming up from the dashboard and … I felt pain from the waist down,” she said.
“So I unbuckled my seatbelt and tried to look for my phone.”
A woman who raced to check on Lauchlan wanted her to remain in the car fearing she’d injured her neck or spine, but the aged-care nurse knew she wanted out in case the car went up in flames.
“I said ‘please take me out (of car). The car is smoking. I don’t want to get trapped in here if it explodes’,” she said.
Ika Lachlan will have to learn to walk again after she survived a crash in Perth’s southern suburbs. Credit: 7NEWS
Lauchlan said she wonders regularly how she managed to escape the crash with her life, but knows she has a long road to recovery as she learns to walk again.
The mum of three says she can currently only take a few steps before she is out of breath.
But even when she gets back on her feet, she knows the mental scars will take even longer to heal.
“I’m still getting flashbacks and every night I still have trouble sleeping,” Lauchlan said.
“Suddenly I just feel anxious and my hands are shaking and I feel suffocated.”
Earlier this month her husband Barry said he may have to resign from his job as a road-train driver to become his wife’s full-time carer and to look after their children.
A GoFundMe has been launched by their family to support them.
An investigation by WA Police’s Major Crash Division is ongoing.
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