Unconscious husband still unaware his family is dead
DEVASTATED friends, neighbours and even strangers have expressed their heartache over the tragic loss of a heavily pregnant woman and her teenage relative.
Richard Moananu, 29, was travelling on Northern Rd, in Sydney, at speeds of allegedly more than 100km/h on Friday night when his Mazda slammed into a Nissan Tiida carrying Katherine Hoang, 23, who was pregnant with twin boys, and her 17-year-old relative. Both died at the scene.
Katherine's husband Bronco Hoang, 25, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was taken to hospital where he is fighting for life. He is unaware his wife and expectant sons are dead.
Tributes are pouring in for the Hoang family via a GoFundMe page, which has been set up to support the family financially.
"Sending all the love and strength in the world during this difficult time. Words cannot express how sorry I am," Angelica Sorn posted on the page, which was created on Saturday.
"This is such a tragic and sad story, I myself have twin boys and I can't even imagine how much pain this family is going through. My thoughts go out to the family and loved ones xxx," posted Jessica Do.
The page has already raised more than $17,000.
Moananu, who was unlicensed, faced 10 charges at a bedside court hearing yesterday in Westmead Hospital after sustaining severe leg injuries when he allegedly veered the car onto the wrong side of the road.
The charges include two counts of manslaughter, two counts of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death, two counts negligent driving occasioning death and aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
The father-of-four of Glenmore Park was trapped for a short time before being removed and taken to hospital where he remains under police guard.
Two other cars had to take evasive action to avoid also crashing and Moananu has also been charged with injuring one of these drivers who suffered minor facial injures.
He didn't apply for bail and will appear in Penrith Local Court on Thursday.
Mrs Hoang's best friend Pritisha Shayal told The Sunday Telegraph: "I don't have enough words to describe how beautiful she was; both her and her sister-in-law, who she saw as her own."
The Daily Telegraph reported that Mrs Hoang was expecting after marrying her university sweetheart in April.
They met and fell in love at the Western Sydney University taekwondo club.
Club vice-president Hansel Rebello said Bronco, who'd recently started a new job in the disability sector, had an "infectiously vibrant outlook to life".
"Katherine was a beautiful gentle soul who always had a smile on her face," he told the Telegraph.
"Pull through Bronco, you have a lot of mates waiting for you."