Tributes to loved ones lost in horror weekend on roads

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Isaiah Ness with his dog Tux.
Camera IconIsaiah Ness with his dog Tux. Credit: Tori Ness

A former Albany woman says her younger brother will “forever be the light in the darkness” after he was killed in a crash east of Mt Barker on her birthday.

Tori Ness turned 25 on Friday, but it is a day that will forever be marked by the death of her beloved brother, Isaiah.

Mr Ness, 20, was found dead after his car hit a tree alongside Woogenellup Road, about 17km from Chester Pass Road, late on Friday afternoon.

It is understood a passerby saw the wreckage that evening and called police.

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His dog, Tux, died with him.

His sister said Mr Ness brought happiness and laughter into the lives of everyone around him.

“Isaiah once told me ‘you need to live life on the edge — it’s too crowded in the middle’, — and that’s exactly what he did,” Ms Ness said.

“Every day was a new reason to smile and laugh. Tomorrow’s adventure was always going to be greater than yesterday’s.”

The Ness siblings grew up in Newdegate and went to school in Albany.

Mr Ness was living in Frankland and working as a wool presser alongside his mother and close family friends. He would have celebrated his 21st birthday next month.

Meanwhile, members of the tight-knit Kendenup community have paid tribute to a “top bloke” who was killed in a crash north of Cranbrook on Sunday night.

Tony Duvey and his friend Sarah.
Camera IconTony Duvey and his friend Sarah. Credit: Supplied

Anthony “Tony” Duvey was killed after his Hilux ute hit a tree on Albany Highway, near the intersection of Peter Valley Road. Long-time friend Sarah said Mr Duvey would have done anything for his mates.

“He did gyprocking and he used to go and help anyone who needed gyprocking done,” Sarah said.

“If it wasn’t that it would be building a shed, chopping wood, concreting, playing with your kid while you were cooking dinner — anything and everything.

“Even with a sore and broken back.”

Mr Duvey’s pet dog Ripper was found at the crash scene and handed in to Kojonup Veterinary Hospital. Sarah said her family would look after Ripper as their own.

“He was your true Aussie bogan bloke,” she said.

“The life of the party, that croaky laugh — we all admired him so much.”

Friends Lea and Steve said Mr Duvey loved a beer and knew how to “spin a good yarn”.

“Such a caring, fun-loving man who would do anything to help anyone,” they said.

“Miss you already, my friend.”

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