The former member of a major dangdut group Trio Macan, Yuselly Agus Stevi AKA Chacha Sherly, died yesterday at Ungaran General Hospital in Semarang regency, Central Java. She was 29 years old.
Chacha sustained serious injuries to her head after a bus crashed into her car on the Semarang-Solo highway on Monday afternoon. She was reportedly knocked unconscious before she passed away.
There were at least seven vehicles involved in the accident — four cars initially collided, which prompted Chacha’s Honda BRV, which she did not drive herself, to steer away in an attempt to avoid the pile-up. The road was reportedly slippery after the rain when the collisions occurred.
“The Honda BRV S 1180 HW car that Yuselli was traveling with tried to avoid the accident in front of it, so it bounced off to lane A from lane B because it was right at the U-turn,” Muhammad Adiel Aristo, who heads Semarang Police’s traffic unit, said.
“From the accident, only two people were injured. Chacha’s driver was slightly injured and Chacha suffered an injury on her head.”
Chacha was buried yesterday in her hometown of Sidoarjo, East Java. At the moment, police are still looking for the cause of the pile-up.
Trio Macan (The Tiger Trio) was formed in 2004, beginning their journey from stage to stage around Jombang regency, East Java. Their 2006 hit, SMS, catapulted them to national stardom. The group had a number of lineup changes over the years, including a hiatus, until Chacha joined in 2011 to replace an outgoing member. During her tenure, the group released several dangdut hits such as Iwak Peyek (deep-fried cracker with ingredients such as peanuts or dried anchovies), Putus Ya Putus (Break up yeah break up), and Macan Ternak — a slang abbreviation for mama cantik anter anak, which means pretty mom taking her child (to school).
Along with the other two members, Chacha left Trio Macan in late 2019 after her contract with the label expired. She was also active on YouTube up until her death.