AYE accident: 100 turn up for victim's funeral

Among those at the funeral of Mr Jackie Liong at the Church of St Mary of the Angels in Bukit Batok (above) yesterday were his parents and his wife, who was injured in the crash. Ms Venny Oliver was in a wheelchair, her head wrapped in a scarf.
Among those at the funeral of Mr Jackie Liong at the Church of St Mary of the Angels in Bukit Batok (above) yesterday were his parents and his wife, who was injured in the crash. Ms Venny Oliver was in a wheelchair, her head wrapped in a scarf.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

A 37-year-old man, who died on Monday in an accident on Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) that involved six vehicles, was cremated yesterday.

About 100 of his friends and family members attended the funeral service of Mr Jackie Liong Kuo Hwa at the Church of St Mary of the Angels in Bukit Batok yesterday morning.

They included his parents and his wife, who was injured in the crash, reported Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao. Ms Venny Oliver, also 37, was in a wheelchair, her head wrapped in a scarf.

She and her husband were in a Toyota car travelling towards Tuas Checkpoint when a silver Mercedes-Benz, travelling against the flow of traffic, slammed into the front of their car.

Mr Liong's car veered left and landed on its side, near the road shoulder, trapping him inside.

 
 
 

He was pronounced dead at the scene when paramedics arrived while Ms Oliver suffered injuries to her jaw, right shoulder and lower body.

Mr Liong's younger brother had previously told The Straits Times that she was in no condition to speak, and many questions about the accident remained unanswered.

The 53-year-old driver of the Mercedes-Benz, Lim Chai Heng, was also injured and warded at the National University Hospital, where he was charged the following day with causing death by reckless or dangerous driving.

A motorcyclist and his pillion rider, both of whom are Malaysians and aged 34, were also hospitalised for their injuries.

Administrative officer Janice Choo, who was riding pillion, was flung from the bike when Lim's vehicle hit it. She and Mr Teh Tze Yong, who works as a driver, were warded at the National University Hospital. But they did not see each other until Thursday.

The other people involved in the accident were not hospitalised.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 24, 2016, with the headline 'AYE accident: 100 turn up for victim's funeral'. Print Edition | Subscribe