Lucky Plaza car crash: 2 victims in critical condition, 2 stable

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Fatal accident at Lucky Plaza on 29 December 2019. (Screenshot: Emily Baltazar/YouTube)
Fatal accident at Lucky Plaza on 29 December 2019. (Screenshot: Emily Baltazar/YouTube)

SINGAPORE — Two of the victims of Sunday’s (29 December) horrific car crash at Lucky Plaza remain in critical condition, with another two in stable condition, said a Philippine Embassy spokesperson.

Charge d'affaires Adrian Bernie Candolada told Yahoo News Singapore that the quartet are currently warded at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. “Two of the victims are sisters: one of them is in critical condition, and the other has passed away.”

“We have just completed the notification of the families this morning. We have contacted all the employers, but have yet to get in touch with the employer of one of the deceased because he’s out of Singapore and is uncontactable.”

Yahoo News Singapore understands that the siblings are Arlyn, who died on Sunday, and Arcely Nucos, from the province of La Union. The two women are both in their fifties, and Arcely is in critical condition.

Sisters and domestic helpers Arcely (L) and Arlyn Nucos were among the six victims of a car crash at Lucky Plaza on Sunday, 29 December 2019. Arlyn died after being conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital while Arcely remains in critical condition. PHOTO: Albert Picar Dela Cruz Facebook page
Sisters and domestic helpers Arcely (L) and Arlyn Nucos were among the six victims of a car crash at Lucky Plaza on Sunday, 29 December 2019. Arlyn died after being conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital while Arcely remains in critical condition. PHOTO: Albert Picar Dela Cruz Facebook page

Candolada said the embassy is working to contact the employer through the information on their records. He added that the family of one of the deceased has requested help to travel to Singapore. “We are coordinating with our counterparts in Manila to render the necessary assistance and support so that they can come and see their loved ones.”

Arrangements are also being made to repatriate the remains of the deceased victims back to their respective provinces in the Philippines.

On Monday evening, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) released the names of the six victims in response to media queries. Demet Limbauan Limbauan, 37, and Laila Flores Laudencia, 44, have been discharged, while Egnal Layugan Limbauan, 43, is still undergoing treatment at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Abigail Danao Leste, 41, died from her injuries. Domestic helper Bhing Navato, 46, counted Leste among her circle of friends and remembers her as a “very positive and energetic” person.

“She was really sweet and always smiling. She had a very pleasant personality,” said Navato, who has been working in Singapore for 25 years.

Two women died and four others were seriously injured after a car apparently slammed against a number of pedestrians on a side road at Lucky Plaza on Sunday afternoon. All six of the victims are Filipina domestic helpers working in Singapore.

According to the police, two pedestrians, aged 41 and 50, were unconscious when conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where they later died from their injuries. The remaining four are aged 37 to 56.

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.

This story has been updated with more details of the victims.

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