Cherie Howie is a reporter for the Herald on Sunday.

Western Australia crash: 'Help our boys get home'

The three young men, (from left to right) Kadin Wallace, Jeremy Vergeer and Dylan Sherriff were best mates from New Zealand. Photo / Facebook
The three young men, (from left to right) Kadin Wallace, Jeremy Vergeer and Dylan Sherriff were best mates from New Zealand. Photo / Facebook

A Give a Little page has been set up today to help bring home the bodies of three young Kiwis who died in a ute crash that had a heartbreaking twist.

Twenty-four-year-old Dylan Sherriff and Jeremy Vergeer, 25, died when the Toyota Hilux ute they were in rolled on a remote, unsealed road in rural Western Australia. Their childhood friend, Kadin Wallace, was believed to have been behind the wheel. His body was also found at the scene, but the 24-year-old is thought to have taken his own life after police said he died of "injuries he did not receive in the crash".

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The mens' bodies were found with the wreckage near Lake King, 400 kilometres south-east of Perth, just after dawn on Saturday.

All three men -- who had worked and lived in Australia for several years -- grew up together in central Southland.

Their families are understood to have travelled to Western Australia following the tragedy, but funeral plans for the trio are not yet known.

Late this morning, a Give a Little page was set up to help return their bodies to New Zealand.

It is not clear who set up the page, with the founder only described as "Help Bring Our Boy's (sic) Home".

"Three amazing men have been in a tragic accident and have passed away in WA ... we want to take our boy's (sic) home to New Zealand where they belong with their families, any donations will be much appreciated," the person who set up the page wrote.

Family and friends were already beginning to share the page widely this afternoon.

Mr Vergeer's fiancee, Lauren Withers, posted a link to the fundraiser on her Facebook page.

"Share this around NZ guys, people are asking to donate to NZ fund."

All three deaths have been referred to the coroner.

Where to get help:
Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
Youth services: (06) 3555 906
Youthline: 0800 376 633
Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)
The Word
Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)
Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155
CASPER Suicide Prevention
If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

- NZ Herald

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