Gerard and Marguerite Brosnan, of Port Rd, Killarney, Co Kerry, were visiting their daughters in Perth when the Toyota Camry station wagon in which they were travelling was in collision with a Commodore sedan car, on Sunday night.
The 56-year-old Australian driver of the station wagon was killed in the crash and the five passengers, including the Kerry couple and their daughter, Karen, 28, were all removed to hospital. The passengers were freed from the wreckage by firefighters.
The 20-year-old driver of the sedan, who was not injured, was arrested at the scene and has since been charged with drink-driving.
Gerard Brosnan, 55, a Killarney National Park employee, is in the intensive care unit of Royal Perth Hospital and is described as critical but stable.
Marguerite, 52, is serious but stable, as is Karen, according to the hospital.
The couple went to Australia a week prior to Christmas to visit Karen, another daughter, Claire, Claire’s partner Mark, and their young grandson.
The couple were due to fly home this Friday, but may be hospitalised for some time.
The extended Brosnan family are in a state of shock and are maintaining regular contact with relatives and friends in Australia.
“Everyone was just relaxing after Christmas when the news came out of the blue,” Gerard’s brother, Sean, said yesterday. “We’re hoping and praying they’ll be alright. We’re getting a lot of calls and support from people, which is greatly appreciated at this difficult time for the family.”
The accident occurred near an intersection in the Karrinyup area of Perth just before 10.30pm on Sunday.
In addition to being charged with drink driving, the driver of the other vehicle faces two counts of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm and three of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
He has been released on bail and is due in court on February 3.