Mum of three was allegedly ‘pursued’ by estranged husband before horror crash that killed her and injured two children – as it’s revealed they earlier had a ‘screaming row’ at school gates and he’d been slapped with an AVO
- Kristy Armstrong died in car crash in Molong
- She had taken AVO out on estranged husband
Police are treating the death of a mother-of-three as a domestic violence incident, as it emerged she had taken out an AVO on her estranged husband who allegedly crashed into her.
Moments before the tragedy on Friday, Kristy Armstrong, 36, and Troy Armstrong, 35, had been seen screaming at each other outside their children’s primary school in central west NSW.
Ms Armstrong died when her green sedan collided with a ute driven by Mr Armstrong on Speedy St in Molong about 3.40pm.
Emergency services rushed to the scene but were unable to save Ms Armstrong.
Two of her daughters, aged eight and 13, who were in the backseat of the car, were taken to a hospital with minor injuries and are now being cared for by their grandparents.
Kristy and Troy Armstrong (pictured) were together for 17 years before they separated last year. She had taken out an AVO against him two weeks before the crash that killed her
Ms Armstrong’s green sedan (above) collided with a ute driven by her ex-husband
Mr Armstrong was pulled from the wreckage of the ute by Fire and Rescue NSW officers and airlifted to a Sydney hospital in a critical condition.
The arborist remains in a critical condition and under police guard at Royal North Shore hospital, 290km from where the crash happened.
Two weeks before the crash, a court had granted Ms Armstrong an apprehended violence order against Mr Armstrong.
On May 25, the estranged couple appeared in Orange Local Court, where an AVO was granted to protect Ms Armstrong, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Ms Armstrong first applied for an AVO last November last year, around the time the couple separated, and an interim order was issued at that time.
Kristy Armstrong (above) was tragically killed in a crash in Molong on Friday afternoon
Ms Armstrong died when her green sedan (pictured left) collided with a ute (right) driven by Mr Armstrong on Speedy St in Molong
Witnesses said the pair was seen arguing at a local school before driving away in separate cars before the crash.
Social media posts showed the couple had been together since 2005 before separating last year.
The tragic crash has rocked the close-knit town of Molong.
‘It’s devastating for the town of Molong with the loss of a young local lady, it’s terrible news for the families,’ mayor Kevin Beatty told Nine News.
‘Last night in town it was very sombre and again today, it’s been very quiet.’
Tributes have flooded social media, a local woman who knew the pair said she is ‘shattered beyond words’ while members of the community said the crash will affect the whole town.
‘I have no words for the heartache on my mind right now only a massive ache in my heart,’ she said.
When approached for comment, NSW Police said local and specialist homicide officers are still investigating the circumstance of the crash but confirmed the two drivers are known to each other.
NSW Police urge anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.