Inside the tragic final moments of a young mother and her two children who are killed in a terrifying highway crash after colliding with a truck, as family members reveal heartbreaking new details.
- Mom Katrina Sila was preparing a celebration for her baby
- Ms. Sila and her son and newborn died in a car accident
- Your sister has started a GoFundMe to help with costs
A mother was making final preparations for a religious celebration for her newborn when she was tragically killed along with her son in a horrific car accident, and her baby died days later.
Katrina Sila, 34, and her two-year-old son, Kai Prahastono, were killed instantly when their silver van collided with a cement truck across the Hume Highway in Menangle Park, south-west Sydney, at around 11:20 a.m. am Monday.
Three-month-old Ivy was pulled from the rubble in critical condition and airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Westmead, but died early Wednesday morning.
Ms Sila had been on the road running her last few errands for a traditional Islamic celebration called aqiqah, to celebrate Ivy’s recent birth, when she is believed to have made a fatal U-turn.
The distraught relatives revealed that they were looking forward to Ivy’s aqiqah, which was to take place this Saturday.
Tragic details have emerged that mother Katrina Sila (pictured left holding her baby, Ivy), 34, was running errands for a traditional Islamic celebration for Ivy before she and her children died in a gruesome car crash.
‘It’s unfathomable… Kat was amazing. There really is no one else like her…she was so excited about the aqiqah of her daughter,” a relative said. the daily telegraph.
In the hours after Ivy’s death, Ms. Sila’s sister and best friend, Diana Effendi, created a fundraiser and asked community members to help raise money for Mr. Prahastono, who now must pay three burials.
“We are calling on all of our friends, family and the community at large to raise money to cover burial costs after the tragic passing of…Katrina and her two beautiful (children),” Ms. Effendi wrote.
‘This beautiful family resides in South West Sydney and have loved everything about this area, dreamed of raising their children here and called this community their forever home.
“Your prayers and any amount you can donate during this difficult time will go a long way in easing the burden on Ilham and his family.”
Earlier on Wednesday it was revealed that Mr. Prahastono was at work at the time and his Apple Watch reportedly alerted him to the accident on Monday morning, Seven News reported.
An Apple Watch feature detects when a serious car accident occurs and can help connect to emergency services and notify emergency contacts.
Ms Sila (right) died in the terror highway crash on Monday. Her best friend (left) described the huge funeral costs left behind for the family
Ms. Sila and her two-year-old son were killed instantly when their silver SUV (pictured 0) crashed into a cement truck in Menangle Park. Ivy sadly passed away Wednesday morning.
Police said Sila was on her way to the family’s home in Denham Court, in south-west Sydney, when the tragedy struck.
It is believed that he attempted to make a U-turn from an emergency bay on the Hume Highway when he crashed into the truck.
The 48-year-old truck driver was not injured and has since undergone mandatory drug and alcohol testing.
The police are investigating how the accident occurred and will prepare a report for the coroner.
The investigators urged anyone with dashcam vision in the area or anyone with more information to come forward.
The force of the collision catapulted the engine of the mother-of-two’s car 100 meters higher, witnesses said, with a picture showing it lying on the side of the road.
A family statement called for Mr Prahastono (right) to remain in everyone’s thoughts as he navigates “such a huge personal tragedy”.
“We are heartbroken to announce the sad passing of Katrina Sila and her son Kai… a loving daughter, mother, devoted wife, sister, and friend to many,” a family statement read.
They asked that Mr. Prahastono remain in everyone’s thoughts as he navigates “such a huge personal tragedy.”
So far over $66,500 has been raised for the family through GoFundMe.
The GoFundMe for the family can be found here.