Lucky Plaza accident: CCTV footage emerges of moments before fatal crash

Lucky Plaza accident: CCTV footage emerges of moments before fatal crash

It was a typical Sunday out for six Filipino domestic helpers, but things went horribly wrong when a car crashed into them outside Lucky Plaza, leaving two people dead and four injured. Two of the six victims were sisters. One of them died, while the other remains in hospital.

SINGAPORE: Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage purportedly showing the scene outside Lucky Plaza just before Sunday's fatal car crash has emerged. 

The video, which shows the incident from four different camera angles, began circulating on social media on Monday (Dec 30) afternoon. The footage appears to be a recording of a CCTV monitor, which indicates the location as Nutmeg Link Bridge. 

In the top left screen, a dark-coloured car can be seen leaving the drop-off point outside the Lucky Plaza apartment block along Nutmeg Road and making a U-turn at the T-junction. The car then accelerates across the two-lane road, mounting the kerb and onto the footpath. 

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In the next screen, the car is seen ploughing into a group of people, some of them sitting on the footpath, and crashing into a railing.

Lucky Plaza accident CCTV capture 2
A black car (circled) is seen a moment before crashing into a group of women on the footpath (top right) outside Lucky Plaza, in leaked CCTV footage of the accident.

The CCTV clip, which appears to have been sped up, then shows the car landing on a service road leading out of Lucky Plaza's car park. 

Two women were killed in the accident and four others injured. 

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In an email responding to CNA's queries on Monday, the Ministry of Manpower identified the deceased as Ms Abigail Danao Leste and Ms Arlyn Picar Nucos. 

The four injured victims are Ms Arceli Picar Nucos, who is Ms Arlyn's sister, cousins Egnal Layugan Limbauan and Demet Limbauan Limbauan, and Ms Laila Flores Laudencia. 

All of them were Filipinos working in Singapore.

Lucky Plaza car crash graphic

The Philippine Embassy confirmed that the victims’ families in the Philippines had been informed.

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A 64-year-old driver was arrested on Sunday for dangerous driving causing death, police said. 

The man, who is a Grab driver, was suspended by the ride-hailing firm as investigations are underway.

Lucky Plaza is a popular gathering place for Filipino domestic workers on their days off on Sundays. 

Other videos circulating online show that many had been in the immediate vicinity of the accident. 

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A photo circulating on social media of paramedics attending to victims after an accident at Lucky Plaza on Dec 29, 2019.

Members of the public have come forward with offers of donations, a spokesperson from the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) told CNA.

"We will be giving these donations to the family of the deceased through our volunteer."

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The organisation said it has opened a channel through its Facebook page for members to donate to the victims' families. 

The Centre for Domestic Employees has also begun a fundraising exercise. 

Lucky Plaza accident cordon on Dec 30
A cordon erected near the entrance of the Lucky Plaza apartment block after a car ran onto a walkway and knocked down pedestrians on Dec 29, 2019.

Source: CNA/zl(hs)

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