A FATHER of three who was critically injured in a killer crash in Australia has been transferred to a specialist trauma ward.
Gerard Brosnan (55) had been in the intensive care unit of the Royal Perth Hospital since he underwent emergency surgery following the crash on Sunday night that claimed the life of family friend Marty Roberts (56). Mr Brosnan's condition is said to be stable and improving.
His wife Marguerite (52) and their 28-year-old daughter Karen were also injured in the crash when the Toyota Camry being driven by Mr Roberts was involved in a collision with another car being driven by a 20-year-old man, who was later arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.
The crash happened at an intersection in the Karrinyup area of Perth at around 10.20pm on Sunday.
Mrs Brosnan suffered a number of broken bones and Karen received a laceration to her face.
The couple, from Port Road, Killarney, had travelled to Australia to spend Christmas with Karen and her sister Claire.
Mr Brosnan works at Killarney National Park and his wife is employed by a firm of solicitors.
Claire and her two-year-old son Adam were not travelling with the rest of the family at the time, but her partner Mark Francis (27), who is originally from Killorglin, suffered a broken jaw in the collision.
Mr Roberts' partner also suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Family members have travelled from Kerry to offer support to Claire, who has kept a vigil at the hospital.
Mr Roberts, who died as a result of his injuries, was a close family friend and godfather to Claire and Mark's young son.
Now an Irish association in Perth has set up a special fund to help the family with their medical expenses in the weeks and months ahead.
The Claddagh Association is a voluntary, non-profit organisation that offers support to Irish people in Western Australia in times of crisis.
It has set up a special fund for the Brosnans, details of which can be found on its website, www.claddagh.org.au
The driver of the other car was arrested at the scene and charged with drink-driving and two counts of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm and three counts of dangerous driving causing harm.
He was released on bail and is due to appear before Perth Magistrates Court on February 3.