Victim who died in AYE accident had appeared in TV shows and commercials

PHOTO: Internet / www.jackieleong.com

SINGAPORE - The 37-year-old man who died in a six-vehicle accident on the Ayer Rajah Expressway on Monday (Dec 19) morning was an actor and event emcee who appeared in several commercials.

Mr Liong Kuo Hwa, also known as Jackie Liong, was driving a Toyota Vios towards Tuas when a silver Mercedez-Benz - which allegedly was travelling against the traffic flow - came crashing into the car he was in with a family member.

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

He had to be extricated by the Singapore Civil Defence Force and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

According to his portfolio on his website, Mr Liong has appeared in television shows such as "Code of Law" and "First Class", as well as commercials including that of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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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.

Speaking to The Straits Times on Monday (Dec 19), a neighbour who wanted to be known only as Mr Loh said that Mr Liong and his wife moved into their Jurong West home around six years ago.

He added that Mr Liong "has appeared in fast food and coffee commercials on TV. He's quite funny (on TV)".

"While I find it difficult to speak to him(Mr Liong) due to language barriers, he was always polite and greeted us. I can't imagine how hard the news will hit the couple's parents," added Mr Loh, who was shocked to hear of the accident.

Mr Yee Chang Kang, director of Shooting Gallery Asia, knew Mr Liong for many years through their work.

"Jackie has always been a wonderful guy to work with... A great actor. Always giving his best on set. I have never seen him grumble on our shoots ever," he said.

Others whom Mr Liong have worked with praised him for his "passion, enthusiasm and positive attitude" in testimonials on his website.

Mr Liong's passenger, a 37-year-old woman believed to be his wife, was sent to the National University Hospital. Three others, including the Mercedez-Benz's driver, were also sent to the hospital.

The 53-year-old driver of the Mercedez-Benz has been arrested for causing death by a rash act. Police investigations are ongoing.

This article was first published on December 19, 2016. Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.