Lucky Plaza car crash: Two women now in stable condition

Scene of Lucky Plaza accident on 29 Dec 2019. (Screenshot: Agosto Y Bente Nuwebe/Facebook)

SINGAPORE — The remaining two victims of the fatal Lucky Plaza car crash are now in stable condition, said the Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE) on Sunday (12 January).

In a Facebook post, CDE chairman Yeo Guat Kwang said that Egnal Layugan Limbauan, 43, and Arceli Nucos, 56, are still undergoing treatment, but are now stable and have been moved to the normal wards.

“Both have been through extensive medical treatments and we ask for your continued prayers, and give them privacy and time while they embark on their rehabilitation and recovery journey.”

The two women were among six victims - all Filipina domestic helpers working in Singapore - when a car slammed into a number of pedestrians along Nutmeg Road behind Lucky Plaza on 29 December.

Abigail Danao Leste, 41, and Arceli’s sister Arlyn, 50, died from their injuries after being conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Demet Limbauan Limbauan, 37, and Laila Flores Laudencia, 44, were also seriously injured but have since been discharged.

A 64-year-old male driver, who was later identified as a driver with ride-hailing firm Grab, was arrested for dangerous driving causing death. Investigations are ongoing.

Emotional and financial support

In partnership with the The Salvation Army, emotional counselling has also been extended to six individuals in the wake of the incident, said Yeo. They are all Filipino workers who were friends or relations of the victims, as well as CDE staff.

Yeo also revealed that an “initial payment” will be made to the families of Leste and Nucos, drawing on the $362,521 that was raised by CDE from public donations, to cover their “most urgent and immediate needs”.

Monthly support payments will also be made to the four surviving women and the dependants of the two deceased women, until they have regained financial independence or the donated funds are exhausted. “It is our hope that we can stretch this supplementary monthly support and additional assistance for the victims and/or dependents for as long as possible,” said Yeo.

The CDE chair noted that the organisation had also taken into consideration the personal accident insurance claims that the respective employers have filed for all six helpers, which upon payment will most likely be disbursed in a lump sum to the victims and/or their dependents.


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