Fundraiser for newlywed in fatal Gambas crash surpasses S$200k goal

On the left, a family photo with Tan; on the right, the accident on Gambas Avenue on Sunday. Photos: Jeremy Tan/Facebook, SG Road Vigilante/Facebook
On the left, a family photo with Tan; on the right, the accident on Gambas Avenue on Sunday. Photos: Jeremy Tan/Facebook, SG Road Vigilante/Facebook

Singapore is showing immense sympathy for the family of a food delivery rider who was killed in a fatal crash that made headlines recently. 

A fundraiser to support the family of 24-year-old Jason Tan, who was hit by a van along Gambas Avenue towards Yishun Avenue 7 on Sunday, has surpassed its S$200,000 (US$147,750) goal in just three days. 

As of this morning, there were over 3,500 donors who contributed more than S$201,400 with 76 days still left in the campaign. Many left sympathy and condolences messages on the site along with their donations. 

Tan, who was a motorcyclist riding for Foodpanda, was found motionless and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics after a van crashed into him and another 20-year-old motorcyclist who is still recovering in an ICU. 

The 36-year-old male van driver has since been arrested and a police investigation is ongoing. 

Tan’s story about working to support his wife, who is three-months pregnant, moved users and made headlines. The couple got married just last month. 

While it is unclear who started the fundraising campaign, the page says the organizer, Ray of Hope, contacted Tan’s brother Jeremy and will be sending the money to support Tan’s pregnant wife.

Many have complained about the bad design of the road on which the fatal crash occurred as it has seen several similar accidents in recent years. They argue the distance between the U-turn lane and an exit is “too short” and dangerous to maneuver onto the high-traffic road.

“​​This Gambas Crescent joining into Gambas Avenue has seen few accidents along this stretch of road. Trying to clear 3 lanes of traffic at road speed limit of 60 kph is just waiting for an accident to happen,” ROADS.sg wrote Tuesday.

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