The husband and father of four people killed in an horrific crash on Goldfields Highway on Sunday night has been told of their deaths.
WA Police this morning named the mother as 38-year-old Emmet Moyo, of Kambalda West. Her daughters Sibonginkosi, 8, and Sibusiso, 5, and one-year-old baby son Sandulo were also killed in the crash.
They did not release the names until Ms Moyo’s husband, who was travelling in Zimbabwe, was told of the tragedy.
Ms Moyo’s relatives have described her as “adorable, happy and spiritual”.
The family were returning to Kambalda when their Hyundai Getz collided with a 40-seater bus about 20km out of Kambalda, just before 7pm.
Their deaths ended one of the worst three-day periods on the WA roads in recent years, with seven people dying between Friday and Sunday and a further two more dying from their injuries sustained in after crashes on October 11 and 16.
Devoted members of the Forward in Faith Pentecostal church, the Moyo family had been in Kalgoorlie-Boulder to attend the Sunday service with friends and family.
Relatives said the two girls had been singing and dancing with other Sunday school children just hours before they died in the crash.
Three of her cousins gathered outside Kalgoorlie police station yesterday awaiting news of her husband, who left for Zimbabwe on Friday.
One broke down as she recounted the last time she saw Ms Moyo who was her “best friend”.
“I just wished it was a dream and we would wake up and she will be just there,” she said.
“She would keep calling you until you pick up, maybe seven or eight times and you would think it was urgent but she just wanted to say hi.”
Another of Ms Moyo’s cousins was still coming to terms with the tragedy.
“She is just quiet, she is lovely, she is a soft-spoken lady, she would text me in the middle of the night ... she just wanted to say ‘how are you’ — she was that kind of person, she wanted to know how you are,” she said.
“I don’t know how we can feel it — because we have come to be one close family from Zimbabwe. Whatever happens to anyone, we take it as ours as well, I still can’t believe it.
“I would like to say (she) will be irreplaceable, she was a very lovely woman who loved her kids and we are going to miss her.”
It is understood all four victims died on impact.
Acting Supt Rod Wilde from the Goldfields-Esperance District Office said it was too early to determine whether the treacherous conditions produced by after a severe storm that lashed the Goldfields on Sunday at the weekend had played a part in the incident.
“But certainly it was difficult driving conditions yesterday,” he said. “Obviously, it’s an horrific crash. A lot of police officers, FESA, ambulance officers have been there overnight and have been working long (hours) and in difficult circumstances.
“I’ve been there myself and it was horrific, it was an horrific crash ... obviously difficult for everyone involved in the other vehicle as well.
“Certainly the road was wet. I don’t believe it was raining at the time,” Acting Supt Wilde said.
“It was treacherous conditions across the Goldfields yesterday, with a lot of rain so we just ask people to drive to the conditions. If it is raining we ask that you slow down, take your time and get to where you want to go.”
Assistant Commissioner Nick Anticich said that he had spoken to WA Police’s pastor Keith Carmody who had been “flat out” helping major crash officers who attended Sunday’s scene.
“You can imagine what they go through on an almost daily if not weekly basis here in dealing with these sorts of scene and the emotions that most go with it both dealing with the scene proper and the relatives that those people have lost their loved ones.
“Any human being, no matter how hardened, how experienced, to go and see, you could only imagine the sort of scenes that last night(Sunday) would have generated and to go to these on a daily if not weekly basis does have an impact,” he said.
He pleaded with the public to exercise care on the roads and concluded unless road users grasp that safety message, 2014 would prove to be a “terrible year”.
“No one, I think, of all of the fatalities we had, believed they would be dead today.
“They left for a journey with the intention of getting there and they haven’t got there and that unfortunately is most probably, the one thing if we could fix or could address would be the answer, but the realities are everyone thinks they are going to get to where they are going, nothing is going to happen to them,” he said.