Su­danese com­mu­nity mourns loss of life

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jes­sica Ox­ford

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.

Pic­ture: PHIL ROGERS

Piv­otal sales and ser­vice man­ager Richard Me­drze­jew­ski with Ed­ward Va­leri on a con­struc­tion site in Par­ra­matta.

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