Monday, August 10

University identifies Filipino woman who died in crash

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KUCHING: The Filipino woman, who perished in a car accident on Monday evening following a weekend getaway in Lundu, was yesterday identified as Maria Lourdes Socorro Hidalgo @ Mariam Abdullah.

A statement from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Corporate Communication and International Relations head Dr Firdaus Abdullah stated that the late Mariam was married to the university’s lecturer Assoc Prof Wajidi Kerni.

According to the statement, Wajidi was the driver of the Volvo when the fatal crash occurred near Sampadi on that fateful evening, and that he too sustained injuries in the incident.

The couple were heading back to the city following a weekend in Lundu when Wajidi’s car swerved to avoid an oncoming motorcycle on a bridge and crashed into the structure’s iron railing.

Mariam, who was pinned to her seat, succumbed to her injuries on the way to the hospital.