Japanese crash victim allegedly robbed

UPDATED (17 May: Age of Japanese crash victim corrected to 41)

The Japanese woman who was caught in the horrific three-vehicle accident in Bugis was reportedly robbed minutes before her death.

According to The Straits Times (ST), an eyewitness said that he saw a man pick up notes and coins discarded around the taxi which appeared to belong to Shigemi Ito, the female passenger of the taxi that a Ferrari rammed into at the junction of Rochor Road and Victoria in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Ito, who according to Lianhe Wanbao, was a student at Raffles Design Institute, was reportedly still alive at that point in time.

The 57-year-old eyewitness, who only wanted to be known as Lim, added that he estimated the man to have picked up cash amounting to about S$300, reported ST, which quoted a Lianhe Wanbao report.

Lim said that he ran to the accident scene after he heard a loud bang and he saw Ito crying out in pain as the man stole the money.

Ito, 41, died at the Singapore General Hospital on Saturday after the accident.

[Watch the video of the accident here]

The high-speed accident claimed two other lives. The driver of the limited edition Ferrari, Ma Chi, died on the spot and was cremated on Monday while the taxi driver, 52-year-old Cheng Teck Hock, succumbed to his injuries and died in the intensive care unit of Tan Tock Seng Hospital on Sunday.

Another two people -- 26-year-old motorcyclist Muhammad Najib Ghazli and a 20-something female passenger in the Ferrari were also injured in the accident.

Muhammad Najib is currently at Tan Tock Seng Hospital recovering from his injuries, which includes a spine injury, a dislocated right arm and a rib fracture.

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