The sister-in-law of a young mum who died in a horror highway smash with her two children wishes she had one more chance to say ‘I love you’.
Katrina Prahastono, 34, and her two-year-old son Kai were killed instantly when their silver Mazda SUV veered into a cement truck on the other side of the Hume Highway at Menangle Park, south-west Sydney on Monday.
Three-month-old Ivy was pulled from the wreckage in a critical condition and airlifted to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead but died early on Wednesday morning with her distraught father Illham Prahastono by her bedside.
His sister Astrid Wiradilaga was also with little Ivy when she succumb to her injuries and said Mr Prahastono is completely shattered.
‘He is getting used to his new life it’s like starting all over again,’ she told 7news through tears.
Katrina Prahastono, her two-year-old son Kai and three-month-old daughter Ivy (pictured together with Illham Prahastono) were killed after their silver SUV veered into a cement truck on the other side of the Hume Highway at Menangle Park, south-west Sydney
‘I wish I got to hold her, tell her how much I love her,’ she said.
Just hours before the tragedy unfolded her best friend Diana Effendi was with Ms Prahastono and their children at a play group.
‘I’m distraught. I have lost my best friend, my sister, everything,’ she said.
‘Kat is a beautiful soul, she is so generous, she’s kind.’
Ms Prahastono had been on the road running her last errands for a tradition Islamic celebration called aqiqah – to celebrate Ivy’s recent birth – when she is understood to have made the fatal U-turn.
Distraught relatives revealed they were looking forward to Ivy’s aqiqah, which was to be held this Saturday.
Now, this weekend it is understood they will be attending the family’s memorial service.
In the hours following Ivy’s death, Ms Effendi created a fundraiser called on members of the community to help raise money for Mr Prahastono – who must now pay for three burials.
‘We are putting a call out to all of our friends, family and wider community to raise money to cover the burial costs after the tragic passing of … Katrina and their beautiful two [children],’ Ms Effendi wrote.
Just hours before the tragedy unfolded Diana Effendi (left) was with Ms Prahastono (right) and their children at a play group
Astrid Wiradilaga (pictured), sister-in-law of Ms Prahastono, wishes she had one more chance to say ‘I love you’
‘This beautiful family resides in the south-west of Sydney and has loved everything about this area, dreamed of raising their children here and called this community their forever home.
‘Your prayers and any amount that you can donate during this difficult time will be so helpful 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 alerted to the crash by his Apple Watch on Monday morning.
An Apple Watch feature detects when a severe car crash occurs and can help connect to emergency services and notify emergency contacts.
Police said Ms Prahastono was heading to the family’s Denham Court home in Sydney’s south-west when the tragedy unfolded.
It is believed she attempted to do a U-turn from an emergency bay on the Hume Motorway when she slammed into the truck.
The male truck driver, 48, was not injured and since undergone mandatory drug and alcohol testing.
It was revealed that Mr Prahastono (pictured with wife Katrina) was at work at the time and alerted to the crash by his Apple Watch
The force of the collision catapulted the engine of the mother-of-two’s car 100 metres up the road, witnesses said
Police are investigating how the crash happened and will prepare a report for the coroner.
Investigators urged anyone with dashcam vision in the area or anyone with further information to come forward.
The force of the collision catapulted the engine of the mother-of-two’s car 100 metres up the road, witnesses said, with a picture showing it lying by the side of the road.
More than $115,000 has been raised for the family so far through the GoFundMe.
The GoFundMe for the family can be found here.