On 13 February 2021 at around 5:40am, a fatal car crash occurred at Tanjong Pagar Road, killing five people.
Mr Jonathan Long Junwei, the driver of the car, and his four passengers — Mr Eugene Yap Zheng Min, Mr Elvin Tan Yong Hao, Mr Teo Qi Xiang and Mr Gan Wong Hong Chieh — did not survive the collision.
Seeking to Claim $1.7 Million From Driver’s Estate
The families of three of the passengers who were killed in the car crash are seeking to claim about S$1.7 million from the driver, Mr Jonathan Long Junwei’s estate.
The relatives of Mr Yap, Mr Teo, and Mr Wong filed the claims with the Singapore High Court on 11 November 2022.
AXA Singapore, the vehicle insurer, rejected liability for the claims as Mr Long was driving under the influence of alcohol.
Under the Motor Vehicles (Third-Party Risks and Compensation) Act 1960, AXA is still obliged to pay the claimants following a judgment.
The insurer could seek to recover the sums from the estate of Mr Long.
Mother of Driver Is Fighting All Lawsuits Against Them
Madam Chan Ngerng Pheng, who is the mother of the 29-year-old driver, is refuting all allegations and claims by the relatives of the three passengers.
She is being represented by lawyer Nigel Brian Bogaars of Bogaars and Din.
The family members of Mr Yap, Mr Teo and Mr Wong accused Mr Long of driving “in such a way that he lost control” of the car before the accident took place in their statement of claims filed in November.
They alleged that the crash was caused solely or contributed by the negligence of Mr Long.
However, Madam Chan said that the deaths of the claimants were contributed by their own negligence in travelling as a passenger in the car driven by her son.
This is despite being aware or should have been aware that Mr Long had been under the influence of alcohol and might be unable to drive the car safely.
She also disagrees that Mr Long owed them a duty of care as all three passengers had willingly taken part in the contest of speed among the drivers of the car while under the influence of alcohol.
Summary of Claims Sought from all Family Members
Mr Yap’s mother is seeking about S$855,000 for the loss of financial contributions from her son to their family. Mr Yap was sitting next to Mr Long.
The claims include the monthly sum received from Mr Yap, funeral expenses, and a damaged Rolex watch valued at S$23,656 which Mr Yap was wearing that day.
Mr Teo’s mother is seeking a sum of S$435,000 while Mr Wong’s next-of-kin is seeking about S$400,000— which includes a lump sum of S$24,000 for the care and custody of his dog.
The family of the fourth passenger, Mr Tan, is seeking around S$477,000 but has not filed claims in the High Court.
A detailed recap of the incident and the cause of the crash can be found here.
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