$20,000 needed to send Martina home

In Business Resources, National Headlines, Western Australia

PHOTO: Martina Riccioni died in the crash in Margaret River on Easter Monday. (Supplied: Andretta family)

Appeal set up to help send body of tourist killed in Margaret River crash back to Italy

An online crowdfunding appeal has been set up to send the body of a tourist killed in a car crash in Perth’s south-west back to Italy.

Martina Riccioni, 22, was in Margaret River on Easter Monday when the car she was a passenger in collided head-on with another vehicle on the Bussell Highway.

Ms Riccioni was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

Her boyfriend’s father Carlo Andretta set up the appeal on behalf of her family today.

“My son was in love with Martina,” he said.

“As Italians do, we feel like it’s our duty to help out where we can, not only as Italians also just as human beings.”

Mr Andretta said unfortunately Ms Riccioni’s family cannot afford to pay up to $20,000 for her body to be returned to her homeland.

“Our prayers go to the family in Italy,” he said.

“Any person that loses somebody has to have closure, her family they’ve got to see Martina, they’ve got to say goodbye, they’ve got to have her funeral.”

Mr Andretta also wanted to issue a warning to tourists visiting Western Australia.

“The roads here are not like the autobahns in Italy, well lit and made for speed,” he said.

“Lonely country roads, when it’s dark and rainy you need to take care.

“I’ve driven on country roads most of my life and I know you just don’t know what’s around the corner.”

A female friend of Ms Riccioni involved in the crash remains in a critical but stable condition at Royal Perth Hospital.

TTN Note: To donate to the campaign to get Martina home, go to this GoFundMe page: http://www.gofundme.com/ry4scc

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