Penang Bridge crash: Family shows strength in Moey's death

Penang Bridge crash: Family shows strength in Moey's death
Solemn moment: Friends and family members paying their last respects to Moey during the wake in Butterworth.
PHOTO: The Star/Asia News Network

BUTTERWORTH, Malaysia - The family of Moey Yun Peng, who was killed when his vehicle plunged into the sea following a road accident on Penang Bridge, has accepted his death as fate and want to move on with life.

A woman, who declined to be identified, said they believed Moey, 20, had lived a good life for the past 20 years.

"Getting upset with the other driver would not change the reality that Moey had been killed in the accident.

"We are finding ways to cope with our loss. The incident has, at least, created a better awareness of road safety issues.

"Let's hope this incident serves as a lesson to all.

"We just lost our loved one and we don't want this to happen to others," she said when met at Moey's funeral wake in Taman Baiduri, Butterworth.

On Sunday at nearly 3am, Moey was crossing the bridge to Butterworth when a black sedan driven by his friend slammed into his rear left flank at high speed, causing his car to spin and flip over the bridge's parapet.

Police determined that Moey and the driver, 21, had earlier attended another friend's birthday party at a club in Chulia Street.

The woman also urged the public to stop sharing pictures of Moey's body on social media.

"We hope the public can stop speculating on the accident and stop sharing the pictures.

"We want to remember him as the handsome and cheerful boy and cherish the nice moments we had with him," she said.

The family also thanked the rescue team for their hard work and effort in searching and retrieving the car and Moey's remains from the sea under Penang Bridge.

"We felt relieved when the team promised us that they will not stop searching until they found the body," she added.

The family also apologised to Penang Bridge users and thanked them for understanding and being patient despite the terrible jam after traffic was held up when the crane was deployed at KM4.0 to retrieve the SUV wreckage and Moey's body.

Asked whether the family would forgive the other driver, the woman said they would leave the investigation to the police.

"We will accept any decision by the police and we believe justice will be served.

"We won't be dwelling on the past. The other driver will most likely be troubled with a guilty conscience," she said.

Asked whether Moey could be racing at that time, the woman said: "Moey could be driving fast but he won't be involved in racing. He is a responsible person."

Moey's brother, who also declined to be named, said the Chinese New Year celebration would not be the same without his brother.

"We had decorated the house but we won't be celebrating," he said.

The funeral procession of Moey will be held at 10am today where his body will be cremated at the Berapit Chinese cemetery.

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