Tampines crash: 'They were not there any more'

Tampines crash: 'They were not there any more'

SINGAPORE - After the car she was in slammed into a tree on Tampines Road early on Thursday, front-seat passenger Isabella Tay Mei Na found that the driver was unconscious.

She could not wake him, so she looked behind to check on the two teenage girls sitting in the rear. They were not there.

When she climbed out of the car, she finally saw them - one on top of the other.

This was Miss Tay's description of the moments soon after the tragic crash that killed Miss Phoebe Lo Huiling and Miss Michelle Phoe Min Yi, both 18, in a series of text messages she sent her close friend, Miss Melissa Wix.

Miss Tay, 18, escaped with minor injuries while the driver, Mr Tang Zi Liang, 20, is warded in Changi General Hospital with serious injuries.

He has been arrested on suspicion on dangerous driving causing death.

Although Miss Tay could not be contacted, Miss Wix, 18, agreed to share her text messages, which give a vivid account of what happened.

She has known Miss Tay for nearly three years and they often go to clubs together and confide in each other.

She told The New Paper that they had been partying with friends at Planet Paradise, a club in the Clarke Quay area, before the accident.

"I knew Zi Liang through other friends, but I didn't see him that night," said Miss Wix, who is waiting for her school posting after receiving her O-level results.

"He actually just got his licence, but I don't think he's the sort who drinks and drives."

A close friend of Mr Tang's told TNP on Thursday that he had been driving for two years.

Around 4am, Miss Wix and a few others declined to follow Miss Tay to another club, so they went home. Later that morning, she woke to text messages sent by Miss Tay at 8.22am, around two hours after the accident.

"The first message said that she had been in an accident," she said.

The next few messages recounted the shocking details of what happened.

Mr Tang was taking Miss Tay to Pasir Ris and the other two to Tampines in his parents' Toyota sedan.

On Tampines Road, the car suddenly "skidded, overturned and crashed" into a tree.

Asked to clarify what Miss Tay meant when she said the car "overturned", Miss Wix said: "That's what I got (in the message). The car flipped."

When the car came to a stop, Miss Tay turned to her right to face Mr Tang, who was unconscious. After failing to wake him, she turned around to check on the girls.

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