A distraught husband reportedly screamed in agony and had to be sedated after a social worker told him his wife, who was pregnant with twins, was killed in a horror crash involving a speeding driver.
After waking from a coma, Bronco Hoang was delivered the devastating news at Westmead Hospital on Friday that his 23-year-old wife, Katherine Hoang and their two unborn children had died in the crash in Sydney’s west.
“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.”
Ms Hoang was a backseat passenger in a Nissan Tiida on The Northern Road at Orchard Hills about 7.40pm on September 28 when it collided with a Mazda 3 driving in the other direction.
She died alongside a young relative who was receiving driving lessons from Mr Hoang.
Sat in the front passenger seat, Mr Hoang survived the crash, suffering only broken ribs, a smashed leg and fractured cheekbone.
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.
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.
They have since started a GoFundMe page “to help them through this terrible time”. The page has raised over $45,000.