A Tragic Accident in Wyndham Vale Claimed Lives of South Sudanese-Australians
April 9, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — A tragic accident in Wyndham Vale, Australia, which involve a South Sudanese mother and her children has claimed three lives, two twins and younger brother, leaving their elder sister and the mother in critical conditions.
The twins, a boy and a girl, were identified as four-year-old Madit and his twin sister, Anger.
The twins and their one-year-old brother, Bol, died after a 2005 Toyota Kluger 4WD plunged into Lake Gladman, off Manor Lake Boulevard in Wyndham Vale at around 3:40pm on Wednesday.
Another child, identified as five-year-old Aluel, an older sister, remained in a critical condition at Royal Children’s hospital.
The 35-year-old mother of seven, Akon Emanuel Guode, who drove the car, has been discharged from the hospital on Thursday, however, she remains in police custody to help the police in investigating the tragic accident that has devastated her family.
Akon migrated to Australia with her older children in 2008. Her husband, identified as Tito, is believed to have died in Sudan.
According to the Victorian police, the blue 4WD was traveling towards Pedder Street and Minindee Road before the car ploughed through 20 meters of scrubs leading to the lake.
“It’s believed the grey 2005 Toyota Kluger 4WD was traveling south towards Pedder St and Minindee Rd when the incident occurred,” The Victoria Police spokeswoman Belle Nolan told Herald Sun media.
The police is calling on the South Sudanese community and witnesses to come forward to share information with the police to identify what might have caused the incident.
“Police particularly wish to speak to anyone who saw the car between 3.30pm and 3.45pm.” Ms. Nolan said.
“We need to understand what led to this, we need to understand what was happening in their lives,” Superintendent Stuart Bateson said.
The police will look into family history, however, they will first determine the speed of the car to see if charges could be made against the mother.
“Hopefully this will lead to a greater understanding of what led to this incident. We appeal especially to the Sudanese [South] community who might know what was happening in this family’s life, what their movements were before this tragedy.” Superintendent Stuart Bateson said.
“In a situation like this the seriousness of what’s happened here today, we always start off with getting the best investigators involved,” Supt Bateson added.
According to Herald Sun’s report, assessing the car’s speed was the focus today. It was “way too” early to say if the mother could face charges.
Community Support and Tributes
The community and immediate family, who have turned out in large number with flowers and toys, have shown care and support to the aggrieved family.
Martha Mayola, a mother whose children attend school at Manor Lakes College with some of children from the family involved thanks the people of Australia and Wyndham Vale for the support.
“I say thank you for Australia and the people here in Wyndham Vale” She said.
“They really support us. Today we see a lot of flowers here. Thank you for your support.” Mayola added.
“We are really sad because we lost our children. These children, they walk to school with my children. We don’t know why the car go through the water. But when you find out what has happened we need big support in our community. So this will not happen again.” she continued.
The devastated father of the four little children involved in the fatal accident, Joseph Manyang, was in tears when he visited the scene yesterday.
A 16-year-old Amani Alier, Mr Manyang’s niece, who was interviewed by Herald Sun said Mr. Manyang couldn’t stop crying.
“He’s shattered, he couldn’t stop crying, his nose was bleeding,” the teenager said.
“He just dropped when he saw a picture of his son on the wall.
“It’s so hard for him to deal with. He loved those kids.”
Other family members such as Missy Wiw, a sister-in-law of the children, and Maciek Nek, a family member said the incident was “just devastating”.
“They’re (the children) in a better place now,” Missy Wiw said.
“We’re trying to find out how she lost control of the car and what really happened,” Ms Wiw added.
“It’s a big loss to us. It’s a big loss to that whole community of Australia.” Mr. Nek said.
“She came down here to have a better life,” he added