AYE accident victim's wife called siblings overseas for help while trapped in car

Mr Jackie Liong Kuo Hwa (insert) was killed after a silver Mercedes-Benz that was driven against the flow of traffic on the AYE slammed head-on into his car.
PHOTO: Lianhe Wanbao

SINGAPORE - The wife of Mr Jackie Liong Kuo Hwa, 37, who was killed after a silver Mercedes-Benz slammed head-on into their car on Monday morning, was still trapped in the car when she made two phone calls to her siblings overseas for help.

Ms Venny Oliver, 37, first called her younger sister in Australia and later, her older brother in the United States, her 57-year-old cousin told Chinese-language newspaper Shin Min Daily News on Tuesday (Dec 20). Her sister then informed her parents about the accident.

The couple were travelling in a Toyota Vios towards Tuas when the Mercedez-Benz - which allegedly was travelling against the traffic flow - came ploughing into the car.

Mr Liong's car veered across three lanes and flipped sideways, trapping him in the driver's seat.

Mrs Liong was helpless as she watched her husband gradually lost consciousness, said her cousin. He added: "They were married for eight years and they were very loving. My cousin's husband would drive her every day to her office in Tuas. Even if she knocked off work late, he would wait to take her home."

Mr Liong, a television actor and event emcee, had to be extricated by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

On Tuesday, his 65-year-old mother told Shin Min that she was in Canada with her husband when she received a call from her in-laws saying that her son was "gone".

The victim's family was seen leaving the morge on Tuesday (Dec 20).Photo: The Straits Times

Mr Liong's 65-year-old father said that he hopes to find out how the accident could have happened so that the family can have some closure.

About six family members, including Mr Liong's mother, arrived at the morgue at about 8am on Tuesday to identify the body. They appeared composed but declined to speak to reporters, requesting for privacy. They left about two hours later and returned at noon to finish up the paperwork.

1 dead, 3 injured in AYE accident

  • An accident on the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) on Monday (Dec 19) morning left one dead and three others injured.
  • The accident occurred at about 8am.
  • According to an eye-witness, the accident that left a trail of destruction on the expressway was caused by a driver of a Mercedes who allegedly drove 120km against the flow of traffic.
  • In the videos, a severely damaged silver-coloured car can be seen next to a wall of the AYE.
  • The car's bonnet was completely smashed.
  • A few metres away, there was a fallen motorcycle beside a stationary car surrounded by debris. A woman who looked to be conscious was lying in front of the motorcycle.
  • The SCDF said that it was alerted to the accident at about 8.05am.
  • SCDF personnel attending to a black-coloured car that was also involved in the accident.
  • A male Chinese was found trapped in the driver's seat of a car and he was extricated by SCDF using hydralic rescue tools. He was pronounced dead by paramedics.
  • Three persons were conveyed to NUH.
  • Two contributors sent videos of the accident to citizen journalism website Stomp.

This article was first published on Dec 20, 2016. Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.