The mother and child killed in a fatal car crash in Sydney’s south-west on Monday have been identified as the family’s three-month-old baby girl fights for her life in hospital.
Katrina Sila, 34, and her son Kai Prahastono, 2, died when their car slammed into a cement truck on the Hume Highway at Menangle Park at about 11:20 am.
Sila’s baby daughter Ivy was airlifted from the wreckage and remains in critical condition at Westmead Children’s Hospital.
Katrina Sila, 34, and her son Kai Prahastono, 2, died when their car hit a truck on the Hume Highway on Monday. Baby Ivy remains in a critical condition at Westmead Children’s Hospital.
The driver of the cement truck, a 48-year-old man, was uninjured in the crash. He was taken to hospital for mandatory testing.
The identity of the family was revealed by the Australian Muslim Network Facebook page which asked their followers for prayers.
In a social media post, the network described Sila as a “Muslim Thai mother” who had “returned to [their] creator”.
“More details will be updated once available,” the post said.
Friend Rima Waizani also requested prayers on social media.
“Please keep our sister and her son and their loved ones in your Dua [prayers],” she wrote.
“Especially the baby who survived the crash. May Allah keep the baby in the best of health.”
In a statement on Monday, NSW Ambulance chief superintendent Mark Gibbs said the scene was confronting for first responders.
The driver of the cement truck was taken to hospital for mandatory testing. Credit:Nine News
“This was a challenging scene for our paramedics to attend, with two patients deceased and
another young child who was trapped in the vehicle,” he said.
“Paramedics and two specialist medical teams worked alongside Fire and Rescue NSW to free
the child who was then intubated on the scene before being airlifted.
“This is a very tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family of those involved.”
Crash Investigation Unit officers are now looking into the cause of the crash.Credit:Nine News
Police have urged anyone with information or dashcam footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 as detectives work to determine the cause of the tragedy.
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