A Singapore woman who was travelling in Melbourne with a group of her friends – all young Singaporeans – has died, Victoria Police said on Wednesday (Nov 28).
The 20-year-old project executive with events company Chupa, was in a coma after she suffered critical head injuries in the accident, The New Paper reported.
Citing an unnamed source, TNP reported on Wednesday morning that doctors told Ms Lok’s family to prepare for the worst. The Ngee Ann Polytechnic graduate, who was holidaying in Australia, was reportedly operated on as there was a build-up of fluid in her brain.
According to the daily, four other Singaporeans – three women and a man – were with her in the blue Renault car when it crashed in Windermere, Victoria.
One of them, 21-year-old Nausha Nasser, has been charged by the police with dangerous driving causing serious injury and negligently causing serious injury.
Her twin sister, Naimi Nasser, was reportedly also in the car and suffered critical head injuries. The business management student on the Dean’s list at Singapore Management University was air-lifted to a hospital in Melbourne and is now in stable condition, TNP reported.
Nausha, who studies at the University of Melbourne, allegedly failed to stop at an intersection, resulting in a collision with a white Triton car.
The 48-year-old driver of the Triton escaped unscathed, but his 10-year-old daughter had some minor injuries.
Another woman in the car driven by Nausha is also hospitalised, and in stable condition, Victoria Police said.
Nausha, who initially faced up to five years in jail for dangerous driving causing serious injury, and up to 10 years for negligently causing serious injury, will now face refreshed charges, the police added.
Currently out on bail, she is due to appear at Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on 21 February.
According to The Straits Times, her charges could be upgraded to culpable driving and dangerous driving causing death, which carry a maximum penalty of 20 years’ jail.