A young mum who will now raise her two children on her own after losing her husband in a head-on crash has issued a harrowing plea.
Kody Bell, 24, his brother William, 21, and driver Jaziah Thomas, 24, were tragically killed after the Audi A3 they were travelling in ploughed into a Kia Stinger on Sixty Eight Road in Baldivis, south of Perth, on Wednesday.
All three died at the scene, leaving their friend Tyler Rowe, 21, as the sole survivor from the Audi.
Gabrielle Bell broke down in tears as she paid a heartfelt tribute to her husband Kody and vowed to always protect their son Laiken and daughter Violet.
She also issued a desperate plea as she doesn’t want other families to endure the same nightmare she’s living through.
Kody Bell is survived by his wife Gabrielle and their two young children Laiken & Violet
‘I hope everyone is driving safe and being careful, take care of yourselves. Make sure you hold onto your loved ones and tell them every day how much you love them, cherish your moments,’ she posted on Facebook on Friday.
Ms Bell later told Seven News: ‘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.’
Ms Bell recalled their last moments together as a family, not knowing it would be the last time she would see him.
‘I saw him just before the accident. He was with me and his family, dancing and singing to his favourite songs,’ she said.
Ms Bell and Kody were together for almost nine years and married in March 2021.
Kody Bell (pictured with his wife on their wedding day) was one of three men killed in the crash
The horrific crash killed Jaziah Thomas, 24, and brothers Kody and William Bell, aged 24 and 21 instantly after the Audi they were travelling in, collided head-on with a Kia Stinger
Ms Bell broke down as she paid tribute to her husband.
‘This is something I never imagined I’d have to do,’ Ms Bell said.
‘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.
‘You were a caring, empathetic and cheeky man who loved us and you were proud to be a father.
‘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.’
Ms Bell also paid tribute to the other crash victims and thanked the emergency responders who did everything they could to try and save them.
A brave Gabrielle Bell fought back tears as she urged Aussies to take care on the roads
Jaziah Thomas (left) and Kody’s brother William Bell (right) also lost their lives
Ms Bell also lost her brother-in-law in the crash.
‘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.’
‘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.”
An online fundraiser for Mr Bell’s funeral and to support his young family has raised more than $25,000 in one day.
As you can imagine this is a incredibly tough time for all friends and family and I have started this gofund me to raise costs for Kody’s funeral arrangements and on going living costs for his wife and 2 young children
investigations into the crash are ongoing.
Detective Senior Sergeant Adam Matson told reporters on Thursday several factors including speed are being looked at as potential causes of the accident.
‘Speed is certainly one of those factors that we are looking at, but we are not going to consider that in isolation,’ he said.
Gabrielle described her husband Kody Bell (pictured) as caring, empathetic and cheeky