Celebrities who caused car accidents

Stars who were behind the wheel when they caused unfortunate vehicle crashes

Rui En, BIGBANG's Seungri, Christopher Lee, Brandy
Rui En, BIGBANG's Seungri, Christopher Lee, Brandy
14 May 2016

Rui En, BIGBANG's Seungri, Christopher Lee, Brandy

Vehicle accidents are, unfortunately, an extremely common occurrence, and celebrities are certainly not exempt from them. Ahead, we check out a few high-profile names who were embroiled in car crashes while they were the ones behind the wheel:

Rui En
Rui En
14 May 2016

Rui En

Just a month ago, local showbiz and social media was abuzz with the news of the new Top 10 graduate’s accident in a Clementi car park, where she knocked over a stationary motorcycle with her BMW. According to the owner of the damaged bike, the actress asked him “Do you know who I am?” (a phrase which turned into a meme and was even joked about at SA2016) and tried to offer $2,000 in compensation, which he rejected.

A few hours after the news broke, Hype Records released a statement confirming their artiste’s involvement in the incident and explaining the situation. Rui En herself also shared her side of the story through her manager, saying that she was driving into the car park at her home when she “misjudged a turn” and crashed into the motorcycle. She also clarified that when she asked the owner if he knew who she was, she intended to tell him that since she lives upstairs, she won’t run away from the situation.

According to reports, this was actually her second car accident in 2016. The first one happened earlier in the year, and was resolved with a private settlement.

Despite the controversy, Rui En still showed up to both Star Awards shows and went on stage to accept her All-Time Favourite Artiste trophy at Part 2, after which she concluded her sombre speech with a bow. While some ruthless keyboard warriors took the chance to bash her for the incident, many others – most notably her ever-loyal fan clun RBKD – came to her defence and pledged their unwavering support to her no matter what.

Photos: The Celebrity Agency, Toggle

Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
14 May 2016

Christopher Lee

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the Golden Bell Award-winning actor and doting daddy to little Zed was once wrapped up in a scandalous hit-and-run. Almost a decade ago in October 2006, Christopher, on his way to Little India to buy curry rice, collided with a motorcycle, injuring its driver and pillion rider, and fled the scene. To make matters worse, he failed a breathalyser test, with his alcohol level being twice the legal limit.

In May the following year, he was convicted on drink-driving and hit-and-run charges, and was sentenced to four weeks in prison, along with a fine of S$4,500 and a three-year driving ban. He served his time at the now-demolished Queenstown Remand Prison and was released on June 25. His Mediacorp contract was temporarily suspended, but Christopher was soon back on local television with 2008’s Rhythm of Life.

Last December, Christopher was involved in another minor accident, but this one had a much more pleasant outcome. After knocking into a parked car near Sembawang Hill Food Centre, he left a note with his contact details on the windshield after his search for the owner ended in vain. Christopher eventually got in touch with the owner, paid for the repairs (even though it was only a few minor scratches), and the issue was resolved on a good note.

Hopefully this set a good example for Zed, who was in the car with mummy Fann Wong when the incident occurred!

Photos: TPG

Quan Yi Fong
Quan Yi Fong
14 May 2016

Quan Yi Fong

Next year’s All-Time Favourite Artiste recipient is no stranger to making headlines for a variety of troubles, from her bowling alley brawl in 1996 to her taxi-damaging tantrum in 2010. Her most recent brush with the law landed her an S$800 fine and a three-month driving ban, after she pleaded guilty to one count of inconsiderate driving.

In July 2013, the veteran host, taking cues from the vehicle in front of her, failed to notice a pedestrian crossing the road at a traffic light junction and ran into him, leaving the 28-year-old man with a head laceration, elbow abrasions and hip pain. Upon noticing her error, Yi Fong immediately alighted from her car to move the victim to a safe side of the road, and stayed with him until the ambulance arrived. She also offered to foot his medical bills and a cash compensation of US$1,000 (approximately S$1,300).

Well, Yi Fong, now that you’ve finally graduated from the Top 10 race, let’s hope this was the last of your shenanigans, eh?

Photos: The Celebrity Agency, Toggle

BIGBANG’s Seungri
BIGBANG’s Seungri
14 May 2016

BIGBANG’s Seungri

Fans of the Hallyu super-group got the shock of their lives when it was reported that the youngest member was involved in an accident that left him hospitalised (especially since this happened less than two weeks after the crash that claimed two Ladies’ Code members’ lives). In September 2014, Seungri was cruising down a Seoul expressway in his Porsche when, in an attempt to change two lanes, he crashed into a Mercedes-Benz, causing his vehicle to hit a guardrail and overturn. Further investigations also revealed that Seungri was speeding at the time of the incident by going at least 20-30km/h over the limit.

The good news: all Seungri sustained was mild bleeding in his liver, and the two people in the other car also only suffered minor injuries. The bad news: he was unable to make it to the local leg of the YG Family Concert that weekend. Thankfully, he was back in action soon, and VIP here got to see him join the rest of the boys on stage for their ‘MADE’ in Singapore in July last year (where he was his usual chatty self).

Photo: TPG

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BIGBANG’s Daesung with Seungri
BIGBANG’s Daesung with Seungri
14 May 2016

BIGBANG’s Daesung with Seungri

Seungri is not the first BIGBANG member to be involved in a controversial crash. In May 2011, the group’s vocalist Daesung was suspected of killing a motorcyclist after running over him with his car. However, the charges were dropped several months later due to the lack of evidence to prove that the motorcyclist, who was already lying on the street from a previous accident, was still alive when Daesung struck him.

Although Daesung was acquitted of accidental homicide, he was still fined and had his licence suspended due to speeding and negligent driving. He also spent several months away from the spotlight for fear of being seen as a “killer”, as he revealed during an episode of Healing Camp, where he opened up about the accident on public broadcast for the first time.

Despite his fears, Daesung’s popularity remained intact, and he continued his illustrious career with BIGBANG, and even released several solo albums and embarked on solo tours.

Photo: Seungri/Instagram

Super Junior’s Kangin
Super Junior’s Kangin
14 May 2016

Super Junior’s Kangin

Just a month after he was arrested for a bar fight in September 2009, Kangin turned himself in to police after he hit a parked taxi with his car and ran away – which doesn’t sound so bad if not for the fact that he did so several hours late and had a blood alcohol content of 0.082 percent, making him a hit-and-run and DUI (driving under the influence) suspect. SM Entertainment promptly axed all of his activities until the end of the year, and in January 2010, he was fined about US$8,000 (approximately S$10,000) for his actions.

While neither Kangin nor the three people in the taxi he knocked into were injured, the same couldn’t be said for the boy bander’s reputation. Despite releasing a lengthy official apology, some netizens were enraged enough to start a petition for him to be removed from Super Junior. Clearly, a simple “Sorry Sorry” would not suffice…

In July 2010, he became the group’s first member to enlist for his mandatory military service, a move that some dismissed as him running away from his problems and tainted image. But there were always supporters behind him, and when he was discharged in April 2012, 500 of them warmly welcomed him back into civilian – and idol – life.

Photo: TPG

Caitlyn Jenner
Caitlyn Jenner
14 May 2016

Caitlyn Jenner

Before making waves for coming out as a transwoman, Caitlyn – then still known as Bruce – made headlines for an entirely different reason: in February 2015, she was involved in a four-car pile-up that tragically left one person dead. In video footage released after the accident, Caitlyn’s Cadillac is seen ramming into the back of a Lexus, causing it to swerve into oncoming traffic, crashing into a Hummer and killing its driver, a 69-year-old woman.

Instead of facing criminal charges (she was neither drink-driving nor going over the speed limit), Caitlyn was faced with three lawsuits by the late victim’s stepchildren, as well as other drivers affected by the crash. As of today, two out of the three lawsuits have been settled for undisclosed amounts.

Photos: TPG

Brandy
Brandy
14 May 2016

Brandy

A normal drive down the freeway turned into a nightmare for the R&B songstress in December 2006 when her Range Rover read-ended a Toyota, setting off a deadly chain reaction that eventually claimed the life of a 38-year-old mother-of-two. Like Caitlyn, Brandy was not arrested due to insufficient evidence, but she was slapped with multiple lawsuits from the victim’s family and another driver who was involved in the pile-up. They were all eventually settled out of court.

In an interview with talk show queen Oprah in 2014, Brandy said that the event was “one of the worst time in my life” and that she turned to her faith to help her cope. Recording her fifth album Human, which was released in 2008, also proved to be therapeutic. She is currently preparing to kick off her third concert tour in June.

Photo: TPG

Sita Chan
Sita Chan
14 May 2016

Sita Chan

The Cantopop starlet was just 26 years old when her life was brutally cut short in April 2013, just three months after winning Best New Singer at the Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation. According to reports, Sita was on her way home after a three-hour singing practice session at her music teacher’s house when she lost control of her sedan – presumably due to fatigue and low visibility from the fog – and crashed into the road’s central divider. Firefighters had to pry her from the wreckage and she was declared dead two hours later.

Fans and fellow celebrities alike took to social media to pay tribute to the singer, including Sammy Sum and Shiga Lin. A Western-style memorial service, decorated in pink (Sita’s favourite colour), was held in May, after which she was cremated. A commemorative album featuring her unreleased songs, music videos and demos was also launched.

Photos: Sita Chan/Facebook

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