UPDATE | Driver charged over crash that killed teen, woman and unborn twins

UPDATE at September 30 2018 8:30 AM | The man who was behind the wheel of a car that allegedly crossed lanes and smashed into an oncoming vehicle in Sydney’s west, killing two women and unborn twin, has been charged.

The 29-year-old, who has been named as Richard Moananu, is facing a raft of charges, including two of manslaughter, as well as aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.

It’s alleged the unlicensed driver was heading south on the Northern Road, near Glenmore Parkway at Orchard Hills, about 7.40pm on Friday when his Mazda 3 veered into the northbound lanes, colliding with a Nissan Tiida.


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The impact of the collision forced the Nissan backwards into two other vehicles and killed 17-year-old driver, Anh Hoang, as well as her heavily pregnant sister-in-law, Katherine Hoang, 23.

Ms Hoang’s unborn twins also died as a result of the crash, while her husband, Bronco Hoang, 25, remains in an induced coma with critical injuries.

Mr Moananu is also being treated in Westmead Hospital. He is in a stable condition and remains under Police guard, awaiting a bedside hearing at Parramatta Bail Court.

EARLIER at September 29 2018 9:40 AM | A WOMAN killed in a horror crash in Sydney’s west overnight was pregnant with twins.

A 17-year-old girl was also killed in the crash, while two other men were critically injured.

Police released a statement this morning about 8.30am, confirming the devastating news.

The horrific crash happened on the Northern Road at Orchard Hills about 7.40pm.

Police said a Mazda 3 was travelling south along the road when it smashed into a northbound Nissan Tiida.

There are reports the Mazda was seen being driven erratically before crossing onto the wrong side of the road where it smashed head-in into the Nissan carrying three people.

Police said the impact forced the Nissan backwards into two other vehicles, a Holden utility and a Toyota Corolla.

The scene of the horrific crash | Source: 9NEWS/The Today Show

Tragically, the 17-year-old girl who police say was driving the Nissan and a heavily pregnant 23-year-old woman who was sitting in the backseat sustained life-threatening injuries and died at the scene.

Police have since confirmed the pregnant woman was carrying twins, both of whom were also killed.

A 25-year-old man who had been sitting in the front passenger seat survived the impact and was rushed to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition where he remains this morning, fighting for his life.

The driver of the Mazda, a 29-year-old man, also suffered significant leg injuries and had to be cut out of his car.

Once freed, he too was rushed to Westmead Hospital where he remains in a critical condition, under police guard.

It’s understood police are investigating whether the the driver of the Mazda was distracted at the time of the crash, with early reports suggesting he may have been using his mobile phone.

Police said the 18-year-old man driving the Holden and the 23-year-old woman who was driving the Toyota took evasive action to avoid the crash and escaped uninjured.

The crash site was horrific, with debris and car parts strewn across the road.

The scene of the horrific crash | Source: 9NEWS/The Today Show

The section of road was declared a crime scene and examined by the Metropolitan Crash Unit.

Investigators are now appealing for any witnesses or anyone with footage of the crash to call police immediately.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

FIRST at 2:00 AM | TWO women – one of whom was heavily pregnant – have tragically died and two men are fighting for their lives in hospital following a horrifying crash in Sydney’s west overnight.

Police said two cars – one of which was travelling north and the other south – collided on Northern Road, near Glenmore Parkway, at Orchard Hills about 7.40pm.

A woman driving the northbound car and a heavily pregnant woman travelling in the back seat died at the scene.

Police confirmed the crash also claimed the life of the pregnant woman’s unborn child.

A man who was sitting in the front passenger seat and a man who was driving the second vehicle were both rushed to Westmead Hospital in critical conditions.

Police said two other vehicles were also caught up in the crash, but no one else was injured.

The Metropolitan Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au.

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