2 die after car hits Istana gate, third person injured

The driver and a passenger were taken to hospital after a car crash outside the Istana on Dec 16, 2017. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - Two people were killed after a car they were in crashed outside the Istana on Saturday morning (Dec 16).

The police told The Straits Times that they were alerted to an accident involving a car in Cavenagh Road at 6.06am on Saturday.

The driver, a 25-year-old man, and one passenger, a 21-year-old woman, were unconscious when they were taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where they died.

The driver and passenger have been identified as Mr Khairul Anwar Mohd Sani, who worked in logistics, and Ms Nurul Filzah.

Another passenger, a 28-year-old man, was conscious when taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

A friend of Mr Khairul, who declined to be named, told The Straits Times that the three people were friends.

The man who was taken to hospital is now in the intensive care unit and is the boyfriend of Ms Nurul, she said.

The Straits Times understands that there was no other vehicle involved in the accident.

When ST visited the site on Saturday afternoon, there were marks on the white pillar beside the side gate.

Marks could be seen on the white pillars beside the side gate at the rear of the Istana on Dec 16, 2017. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

There were no other signs of visible damage.

Police investigations are ongoing.

A friend at Mr Khairul's wake in Whampoa, front office executive Azura Nordin, 25, told The Straits Times that she knew him for about eight years and were close friends.

The driver who died was Khairul Anwar Mohd Sani (above), who worked in logistics. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Fighting back tears, she said: "I bumped into him on Friday while having dinner in Arab Street... We chatted and he seemed fine. Khai obtained his driving licence when he was 18 and he was a very careful driver. I don't know how this accident could have occurred. I will miss him. He was a very friendly guy."

Another friend, service engineer Shah Nordin, 29, said that that he had known Mr Khairul for about three years. He said: "He was always there when we needed him and was a very cheerful guy. I couldn't believe my ears when I found out that he was killed in the accident."

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