- Single mum Mhret Teklehaimanot, 41, killed in her Perth driveway on Thursday
- She left the vehicle to open the garage door but forgot to put the handbrake on
- Friends described it as a terrible tragedy, which was seen by her daughter, 17
- Victim arrived in Australia as a refugee from Eritrea in East Africa five years ago
- Local Eritrean community paid their respects and offered support to the teen
- Major crash investigators want to speak to anyone who saw the crash
A teenage girl has watched on in horror as her mother was run down and killed by her own car in their Perth driveway on Thursday afternoon.
Members of the Perth Eritrean community paid their respects and offered support to Mhret’s daughter on Friday.
Single mum Mhret Teklehaimanot, 41, and her daughter, 17, had returned to their Dianella home after university interviews.
It’s understood she got out of car to open the garage door but failed to put the handbrake on.
Freinds have paid tribute to single mum Mhret Teklehaimanot
She was unable to stop the car from rolling down the driveway and was then dragged under as the car hit a wall and became trapped.
Ms Teklehaimanot was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital, where she died a short time later at Perth Royal Hospital.
Police remained at the Dianella home on Friday
She and her daughter had arrived in Australia as refugees from Eritrea in East Africa five years ago.
“This accident unfolded just before (Mhret’s) daughter,” family friend Tafere Berhanes told Perth Today.
Police at the tragic scene in Dianella, Perth on Thursday
“She couldn’t believe it and we are all shocked by this really.
“All the community will do everything we can to support (the teen).”
Mr Berhane said Ms Teklehaimanot had been working day and night to try and give her family a “good life”.
Friend Genaet Wolto described the accident as a terrible tragedy.
She told the ABC the woman had moved to Perth from Eritrea with her teenage daughter five years ago for a better quality of life.
On Friday, dozens of members of the Perth Eritrean community paid their respects and offered support to Mhret’s daughter.
Major crash investigators urged anyone who saw the crash on Grand Promenade or the hatchback prior to the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.