STOLEN LIVES

The mum-to-be and the twins who never took a breath

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - CRIME RE­PORTER

TWO days ago new­ly­weds Kather­ine and Bronco Hoang were nest­ing, wait­ing on the ar­rival of their twins. Last night, Bronco was in a coma in hos­pi­tal af­ter a car crash that claimed the life of Kather­ine, their ba­bies and his younger sis­ter.

AMID the daily carnage that is our road toll, the death of a new­ly­wed ex­pec­tant mother, her un­born twins and her 17year-old sis­ter-in-law stands out as a dev­as­tat­ing tragedy.

While Bronco Hoang was fight­ing for his life in hos­pi­tal last night, his heav­ily preg­nant 23-year-old wife Kather­ine Hoang and his lit­tle sis­ter Anh Hoang lay dead.

The hor­rific crash that claimed their lives on Fri­day night in Syd­ney’s west also killed the ba­bies she was ex­pect­ing. Sadly, the twins will not be reg­is­tered on the road toll be­cause un­der NSW law they are not recog­nised be­cause they were yet to take a breath.

Mrs Hoang, nee Kather­ine Gor­don, mar­ried in April. The cou­ple, who lived in Boss­ley Park, were only weeks away from start­ing a fam­ily.

Mrs Hoang’s best friend Pri­tisha Shayal said: “I don’t have enough words to de­scribe how beau­ti­ful she was — both her and her sis­ter-in­law who she saw as her own.”

Too trau­ma­tised to speak pub­licly, Mrs Hoang’s un­cle sim­ply said: “She was a 23-year-old beau­ti­ful girl with twins who is now dead.

“What can you say?”

Anh Hoang, an L-plater, was driv­ing the Hoangs’ car when an out-of-con­trol ve­hi­cle jumped the me­dian strip, slam­ming into them at high speed on The North­ern Rd at Or­chard Hills, in Western Syd­ney.

The driver of the other car, Richard Moananu, was seen weav­ing through traf­fic at high speed in a Mazda 3 mo­ments be­fore the crash.

Wit­nesses es­ti­mated he was trav­el­ling south­bound at more than 100km/h in a 60km/h zone.

Jar­rad Sher­lock watched the car dodge through traf­fic be­fore slam­ming into the Hoangs’ Nis­san Ti­ida.

“I was 70m from where the crash hap­pened,” Mr Sher­lock, 21, said. “I jumped out and ran over and tried to see if any­one was alive. An­other guy ran to the Nis­san and I went to the Mazda.

“I was look­ing for the guy in the car, I lifted his head up and took his pulse. He was alive but un­con­scious. I ran to the other car, I saw a lady in the back seat but she had al­ready passed away.”

Mr Sher­lock and an­other by­stander stayed with Ahn Hoang as she dropped in and out of con­scious­ness.

“We were try­ing to talk to her and telling her ev­ery­thing is go­ing to be OK,” he said.

“I went back to the guy in the Mazda, try­ing to keep him alive un­til the am­bu­lance got there.”

Mr Moananu was trapped in his car be­fore be­ing rushed to West­mead Hos­pi­tal with leg in­juries. He was in a sta­ble con­di­tion last night un­der po­lice guard.

Mr Sher­lock said: “The thing that gets me is she was an Lplater, who had done noth­ing wrong. They were just go­ing for a drive and then some idiot driv­ing like a hero has killed four peo­ple.”

The crash was one of the worst po­lice had seen, with Traf­fic and High­way Pa­trol Chief In­spec­tor Phil Brooks de­scrib­ing it as a life-chang­ing event.

“You re­ally can’t com­pre­hend a sit­u­a­tion like this where a young mother, 23 years old, has not only lost her life but the lives of the twin ba­bies he was car­ry­ing,” Insp Brooks said. “Cer­tainly it is not some­thing I have seen in my time and no doubt a very con­fronting sit­u­a­tion for all of those in­volved in the res­cue that is no doubt a life- chang­ing event .”

It was a som­bre start to the long week­end, with four dead in the first 24 hours.

New­ly­wed Kather­ine Hoang and her un­born twins were killed in the crash; and (right) Kather­ine and Bronco Hoang. Main pic­ture: Face­bookThe scene of the crash. Pic­ture: Gor­don McComiskie

Mr Moananu.

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