Regan Schoultz is an NZME news service reporter based in Auckland.

Western Australia crash: Victim to be farewelled this week

The funeral of a young man who died in a ute crash that had a heartbreaking twist last week will be held this week in Winton, Southland.

A service to farewell 24-year-old Dylan Sherriff will be held at The Hideaway Lochiel on March 3 at 1pm followed by a private cremation.

The young man lost his life on February 20 alongside Jeremy Vergeer, 25, when the Toyota Hilux ute they were in rolled on a remote, unsealed road in rural Western Australia.

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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".

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

In a notice published in the Southland Times, Mr Sherriff's family wrote; "It is with the greatest sadness that we advise that our beautiful big-hearted son and brother has been taken too soon from us. Loved and cherished son of Kerri and Brent and best mate and brother of Brett. Loved by all his family."

Dylan Sherriff. Picture: Facebook
Dylan Sherriff. Picture: Facebook

It is unknown when services for Mr Vergeer and Mr Wallace will be held.

It is believed, however, that the men's bodies have been returned to New Zealand. A friend of the trio posted a message of support on social media for those heading to the country "with the boys".

The men's families did not wish to comment when contacted by the Herald.

A Givealittle page, which had been set up on February 24 to provide financial assistance to the families of the men, has now been closed.

Donations reached $37,896 before it was closed.

Kidsline is now 24 hours so the 4-6pm reference has been changed.

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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