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