'Life of the party': Coolup mother pays tribute to 18-year-old daughter

A Coolup mother who lost her 18-year-old daughter in a car crash less than two weeks ago, says the teenager was the "life of the party".

Kahlia Mounsey tragically died at 4pm on Thursday, May 2 after the Ford Ranger utility work car she was driving crossed to the incorrect side of the road, striking a tree on South Western Highway.

Mother Robyn Mounsey said the messages of support and condolences were appreciated.

"I know it's rocked Waroona, Coolup, Pinjarra, people from Toodyay, people from miles away and I think 'how did they even know her?'" she said.

"She was a social butterfly."

Her dad should be walking her down the aisle. She will never get that.

Robyn Mounsey

Kahlia, an electrical apprentice, had just finished a job at the new Genesis oncology centre in Mandurah and was travelling back to the workshop in Waroona.

"Major Crash have said everything is indicative that she has fallen asleep at the wheel," Ms Mounsey said.

"My son rang me, he had finished work and recognised the car, I was 10 minutes behind him."

Ms Mounsey said Kahlia had a close-knit family and was remembered by her father Danny, brother Rhys, 23, sister Shae, 21, and younger brother Chase, 17 - all of whom she was "very close" with.

I remember thinking how do people lose a child and keep going?

Robyn Mounsey

"They're devastated," she said.

Ms Mounsey said Kahlia, who also went by 'The Mounsey Kid', 'Rosebud' and 'Poppy', was bubbly, independent and strong minded.

"Kahlia was the life of the party," she said.

"She was a real individual and liked being around other people. She was even named Belle of the Ball in her last year at Pinjarra Senior High School."

Kahlia attended St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Pinjarra, Mandurah Catholic College and Pinjarra Senior High School and liked sport, including swimming, soccer and football and spending time with her friends.

She entered a man's field and wanted to prove them wrong,

Robyn Mounsey

Being the bubbly girl she was, Ms Mounsey said she had been inundated with messages of support from families, friends and community groups.

"It's overwhelming," she said.

"People that I do and don't know have reached out. Everyone is gutted and it's hard to talk to anybody about it."

Ms Mounsey said Kahlia loved working with Rob Wheeler in Waroona as an electrical apprentice and had previously worked in Melbourne on shopping centres and apartment buildings.

"She entered a man's field and wanted to prove them wrong, she found her dream job and was so happy doing something she loved," she said.

"She had such a passion for it and liked to think she was boss.

"She is not scared of getting dirty and doing boy things, but she was also a pretty girl princess and loved her girly things. She had a pink work hat, boots and her pink nails."

It has been a tragic six months for Ms Mounsey, who has lost four family members, including her father.

"I remember thinking 'how do people lose a child and keep going?'" she said.

"Not talking or texting her everyday, making her lunches or hearing her car pull up in the driveway.

"How am I sitting here? I don't know how to move forward and live without her. You wouldn't wish this on anybody."

Ms Mounsey said it was hard to think of what her daughter's future would have looked like.

"The girls should be shopping with their babies together one day," she said.

"Her dad should be walking her down the aisle. She will never get that."

Ms Mounsey said Kahlia was planning on working for another four years, before heading overseas to travel.

The last words Kahlia said to her mum was, "It's okay Mum, you know I love you".

"She gave me a hug and had washed her hair, I can still smell it," Ms Mounsey said.