Sunday, January 04, 2009

Gua Musang crash which killed 10: a woman wrongly identified.

PASIR MAS: One of the 10 people identified as having been killed in the fatal accident in Gua Musang on Friday is alive and well.

Ho Kin Hum, 86, was actually at her home in Kampung Chetok Hilir in Pasir Mas at the time of the accident.

The confusion arose as one of the victims, her daughter Lee Bee Seng, 51, was holding Ho's identity card.

The person mistakenly identified as Ho was believed to be her niece, Lee Chee Sim @ Lee Kim Kuan, 62. Chee Sim's identity card is still missing.

This was confirmed by relatives of the family of five travelling in a Perodua Kenari, all of whom were killed.
The other three killed were Bee Seng's husband, Lau Sin Eik, 60, their youngest daughter, Shareen Lau Ming Min, 15, and Bee Seng's sister-in-law and Chee Sim's mother, Lau Chai Soon, 79.

The family was returning home after going to Kuala Lumpur for a housewarming ceremony at the new condominium of Bee Seng's eldest daughter.

Gua Musang police chief Superintendent Ahmad Termizi Abdul Haq said the 29-year-old sports utility vehicle driver was being investigated for careless driving leading to the fatalities and was released on police bail yesterday.

He also voiced his concern about the usage of rear seat belts, saying many would have survived the crash if they had worn theirs.

"We believe that they did not wear the rear seat belts, resulting in some of the victims being thrown out of the vehicles.

"We also advise other drivers to exercise caution while travelling along Jalan Gua Musang-Kuala Krai, especially during the rainy season."

The bodies were taken to Chai Soon's home in Kampung Chetok Hilir yesterday and they are expected to be buried at the Buddhist cemetery in Jelatok, Tanah Merah today.

Transporting the victims' bodies proved a problem as the Gua Musang Hospital only has two vans.

With one van carrying the five victims, including three children from a Perodua Kancil also involved in the accident, to Bachok, the families of the five victims from the Kenari borrowed a Toyota Hilux to help transport them back to Chai Soon's home.

The accident, involving 15 people in two cars and the SUV, occurred in Bukit Sejuk at Km22, Jalan Gua Musang-Jalan Kuala Krai.

The dead in the Kancil included a mother and her three young children. Another daughter, 18-month-old Noraihah Nabila Abdul Rahim, was critically injured and transferred to Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital in Kota Baru.

The four people in the SUV, a Nissan Murano, survived but one was severely injured and warded at the Gua Musang Hospital.

The five victims from the Kancil -- Hasliza Md Zain, 32, from Kampung Kundur Kuala Betis in Gua Musang, her 29-year-old sister Maziatul Shan Lia, Hasliza's children Mohd Rahizal Yusua Abdul Rahim, 12, Shaha Abdul Rahim, 6, and 6-month old Norashidah Abdul Rahim -- were buried in Kampung Beris Gajah Mati in Tawang, Bachok, yesterday.

Hasliza and Maziatul's father, Md Zain Dollah, 58, was thankful that his third child, Siti Nor Suriya, 18, did not accompany Hasliza on the trip.

source: Woman wrongly identified
New Straits Times, Malaysia

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