Sudanese community mourns loss of life
THE “tight-knit” Sudanese community is in mourning after three women were killed in a car crash in Marayong on Saturday.
Roza Mawen and Adut Garang, both of Mt Druitt, and Bianca Goak, of Melbourne, were killed while friend Asunta Jongkor was seriously injured after driver John Diing, 33, allegedly failed to stop for a random breath test by police at 1am.
Mother-of-four Ms Mawen and her cousin Ms Garang were members of Blacktown’s All Saints of Africa group.
Manager Lisa Foster said it was very tragic to lose two members of the group, which had been established to help Sudanese refugees settle into life in Australia.
“It’s a very tight-knit community we have here,” she said. “It’s just so very sad for these children. We welcome them with open arms and hope to be a place that helps to give them peace in a very difficult time.”
A Loyola Senior High School spokeswoman said counselling was available to Ms Mawen’s children. Her son attends the Rooty Hill school.
Witnesses said the white Holden Commodore had sped down Railway Rd and tried to turn into Shedworth St before crashing into a power pole, splitting the car in two and landing inside a nearby frontyard.
Assistant Police Commissioner Denis Clifford said police had launched a critical incident investigation.
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