So tragic. The husband of Katherine Hoang, who together with her unborn twins were killed in the recent Orchard Hills crash, has reportedly screamed in agony and had to be sedated after a social worker told him that his wife and babies had been killed in the horror accident.

Mr Hoang had been in a coma in Westmead Hospital and when he finally became conscious he was told the devastating news that his wife and their two unborn children had died in the crash in Sydney’s west, involving a speeding driver.

“He screamed so loudly, ‘Why Katherine? Please not the babies’,” his aunt Pham Crawford told The Daily Telegraph.

“He can’t stop crying and feels guilty he’s the only one who survived.”

Horrific Crash

Ms Hoang was in the backseat of a Nissan Tiida driving on The Northern Road at Orchard Hills on 28 September when it collided with a Mazda 3 that was driving in the opposite direction.

She was killed alongside her 17-year-old sister-in-law who was receiving driving lessons from Mr Hoang.

Mr Hoang, seated in the front passenger seat, survived the crash, suffering only broken ribs, a smashed leg and fractured cheekbone.

Calls For Charges For The Deaths Of The Twins

The driver of the Mazda 3, Father-of-four Richard Moananu, 29, faces 10 charges, including negligence, unlicensed driving, two counts of manslaughter and aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

The hospitalised Mazda 3 driver, 29, has been charged with 10 offences including two counts of manslaughter, aggravated dangerous driving and unlicensed.

He was allegedly driving at speeds of more than 100km/h – 45km over the speed limit.

The family of Katherine Hoang, who was reportedly due to give birth this week, have called for manslaughter charges to also be laid with respect to the unborn twins, saying “these babies were already part of the family”.

One of Ms Hoang’s friends from university said people were “devastated and paralysed” by her death.

“Katherine, who liked being called Kate, was a smart, brilliant, funny, kind, loving friend who never had a bad word to say about anyone,” Tom Cross told AAP.

“Hearing of her passing along with two unborn twins is a senseless loss beyond words.”

The family has postponed the funerals until Bronco is well enough to attend.

A GoFundMe page has been set up “to help them through this terrible time”. The page has raised over $46,000.

  • So sad for this poor man – doubt his grief and wishing he also hadn’t lived will last for a very long time.


  • Oh no, you would want to be dead yourself if you woke up and were given this news. Such a sad sad situation


  • He should get life in jail, and I mean life. One problem – the taxpayer has to pay for his care.
    Tragically 2 lives lost + 2 unborn babies which would have been born within approx. a week.
    And a man critically injured who has fought for his life and his health could rapidly decline again after receiving the tragic news.


  • Oh gosh, this is just the most tragic thing I’ve read for a while. So sad for him!


  • Such a tragedy- they need to change the law to allow for higher penalties when unborn babies are killed, especially ones as developed as these twins. What a waste of life.


  • What a horrible reality for him to wake up to. I cannot imagine the pain and horror of what he now has to work through.


  • So heart breaking because how important and precious kids are cannot be taught. It can be asked from those who don’t have it


  • Unbelievable heartbreak, time for the law to change, he took the lives of four, not two..


  • This is so sad & I feel for the families. Those poor babies never even got to see the world. When will people learn to drive safe. Too many lives are lost on the roads every year


  • This really is a most devastating story. I can’t imagine how he would feel and I just pray that he has a lot of support and love from loved ones. I also hope the driver who caused this get the book thrown at him.


  • This was heartbreaking to hear. I’m so sorry for his loss. I think the driver should be charged for the death of the unborn babies as well.


  • This breaks my heart I can’t even begin to imagine the pain he must be going through.


  • What an absolutely devastating tragedy, so incredibly sad, my thoughts are with the family.


  • So sad for this young father to be, to lose his wife and unborn babies. How could you ever got over such a tragedy.


  • So terribly sad and tragic.
    You would want to go asleep again upon hearing this news.
    Praying love, peace and comfort over the family.


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