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    Jan 27, 2016

    Grieving man: Canal crash a 'stupid accident'

    HIS wife survived an operation for a benign brain tumour five years ago. His daughter recovered from tuberculosis four years ago.

    On Sunday night, in one devastating blow, both were killed.

    It was, said Robin Poon, 50, a "stupid accident" that should not have happened.

    His wife, Cecilia Yep Lay Choo, 51, and their only child, Kimberly, 22, died when their Mercedes E250 plunged into Alexandra Canal.

    "(On Sunday night), I couldn't cry because I just couldn't get myself to accept the fact that the two hours (I left them alone) made so much difference.

    "Only today, I saw that it's a reality. No more miracles already," he told The New Paper on Monday, referring to his wife's and daughter's earlier health scares.

    "I feel so lost," a visibly distraught Mr Poon added, in between making funeral arrangements for the two.

    Madam Yep, who was in the logistics and transportation industry, was behind the wheel when the tragedy occurred.

    "It's really ridiculous because, with my wife's driving skills, this kind of thing should not have happened," said Mr Poon.

    The car workshop owner recalled the series of events before the tragedy. The family had lunch at Hotel Vagabond at Syed Alwi Road, followed by a foot massage, before they parted ways. Madam Yep and Kimberly drove off to continue shopping while he met his friends for dinner.

    "It's so sudden. I left them for dinner at about 6pm, and then the next minute..." he said, his voice trailing off. "I just can't accept the fact that they were there (lying on the ground, dead)."

    When the police called him about the accident, he tried to prepare himself mentally for what was to come.

    "I asked (the police) how bad, but they just told me to go down as soon as possible... I immediately tried to call my daughter and wife.

    "But both phones were turned off. I immediately knew something was really wrong."

    That night, Mr Poon could not sleep.

    "I spent the whole night thinking about what had happened," he said.

    He revealed that the family of three had planned a short trip to Macau over the Chinese New Year holiday. Such family holidays are a rarity, partly because of Madam Yep's busy schedule.

    "She's a super hardworking wife... She can't stop working," he said.

    As a result, the semi-retiree often travels alone. Sometimes, his "only princess" Kimberly tags along.

    "She has common interests with me. I can even go on a Bangkok shopping trip with my daughter, just the two of us.

    "We just go cafe-hopping and shopping. She knows I like desserts so she would go and check (on a list of places to go to)," said Mr Poon wistfully.

    He added that Kimberly was a nice and simple girl who bore no grudges.

    "All her cousins love her because she bears no grudges. One of her cousins studying in Oxford is flying back from Britain tonight," Mr Poon said on Monday.

    The wake is at Block 414, Woodlands Street 41, and the funeral will be held tomorrow.

    As for Mr Poon's plans after the funeral, all he said was: "I really don't know. I've got no direction at all."