Crash tragedy: friends rally for Kalbarri man Sean Ingram after losing parents

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Sean Ingram.
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A social media fundraising campaign has been launched to assist a man whose parents died when the car he was driving left a country road and crashed into a tree.

Sean Ingram, 45, is in the trauma ward of Royal Perth Hospital recovering from serious leg and foot injuries.

Mr Ingram’s father Ian, 81, and mother Mary, 79, were killed when the car he was driving veered off Port Gregory Road at Sandy Gully on February 14 and hit a tree.

The Kalbarri family were returning home from medical appointments in Geraldton.

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Mr Ingram recently started as a fly-in, fly-out worker and hadn’t long been home from his swing.

He previously worked at the Kalbarri Motor Hotel. A GoFundMe page for Mr Ingram has been set up by Cassie Acosta, who works at the hotel.

“Sean is one of my best friends, he’s a great fella,” Ms Acosta said.

“We’re just trying to help reduce the stress on the financial side of things as there will be a lot of costs and he will be off work.

“He suffered a severe break to one ankle and a fracture to the other.

“He’s had the surgery, but the rehabilitation will take a long time.”

A neighbour of Ian and Mary Ingram said the elderly people at the Sun River Chalets where they lived were deeply shocked at their deaths.

“They were really, really good neighbours,” Iris Annear said.

“We have 22 units here and they were the managers at one time.

“Ian loved his bowls and a bet.

“Mary suffered from macular degeneration. Ian and Mary’s daughter has been up from Perth and we’re waiting for further announcements. Sean will get a lot of support when he comes home. He’s well known and Kalbarri is a close town.”

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