Uber driver who held two jobs dies after cardiac arrest at the wheel

Mr Wang Yongshun (left), 62, said his brother Mr Wang Yongqing, 64, had been increasingly fatigued in the past few weeks before his death. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - A 64-year-old Uber driver suffered a cardiac arrest while driving last Thursday (Sept 28) night, and subsequently died in hospital.

The police received a call for assistance along Airport Boulevard at 7.02pm.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) sent an ambulance to the scene, which was at the Changi Airport Terminal 2 exit towards East Coast Parkway.

The man was taken unconscious to Changi General Hospital, and the hospital was alerted to be on standby to receive him.

He was subsequently pronounced dead, and established to have died of natural causes.

The Straits Times understands that he was driving when he suffered a cardiac arrest.

According to Shin Min Daily News, the deceased is Mr Wang Yongqing. His brother, Mr Wang Yongshun, 62, said he was single and the two of them lived together.

He explained that his brother held two jobs. He drove construction workers to their work sites until 5pm every day. In the past half a year, he began driving for Uber too, until past 1am, reported Shin Min Daily News.

Mr Wang added that his brother was increasingly fatigued in the past few weeks.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, a spokesman for Uber Singapore said: "We are extremely saddened to hear about this tragic incident. Our thoughts are with the deceased's family at this time. We stand ready to cooperate with the authorities in their investigations."

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