It has been barely 24 hours since news broke about the tragic car accident that claimed the young life of Ladies Code member EunB, and information has been swirling all around the internet. It is important to only share facts, not to share inflammatory information for the sake of ratings. As of now, here is what is available from reputable sources:
- As of 8am Korean Standard Time, RiSe had not regained consciousness. Her family has been by her bedside since they arrived at the hospital. She has been in for major surgery to her head a minimum of 3 times. The 11 hours of surgery, massive blood loss and swelling to her brain have led her to be in much worse condition than originally believed, as well as forcing surgeons to stop working on her every time. This has led to her being judged in too bad of condition to risk moving her to Seoul. She remains in the hospital that they all were admitted to as of this report, and will be staying there for several days at minimum.
- Sojung is stabilized enough to be moved to a hospital in Seoul. She had an additional surgery today on her arm, but there were no reports of issues surrounding that procedure.
- Ashley and Zuni were not as severely injured, and were taken quickly to Seoul. They were treated for their shock and injuries. Very little has been confirmed about their conditions.
- A document surfaced earlier in the day that claimed to be an accident report. While this document hasn’t been confirmed to be real, the injuries detailed fit exactly with what has been confirmed. The description of the injuries is fairly graphic. To sum them up, EunB was dead on the scene having received catastrophic injury to her head, RiSe had injury to her head and abdomen, Sojung’s injuries were mostly broken bones, and the other two girls received much more minor injuries. Most of this has been confirmed by various sources including Polaris Entertainment in one of several press releases.
- There has been official confirmation of what a look at the crash photos said: the airbags failed to deploy. The belief is that had they deployed, (and/or had EunB been wearing her seatbelt) she would not have been ejected from the car.
- EunB’s wake was held at Korea University Anam Hospital, where her death was confirmed and where RiSe is still a patient. Her family released a short statement: “We went to the hospital after being contacted at dawn. She entered the hospital in a deceased state. There was no medical malpractice. We heard that she was on her way to her dorms after attending the recording of KBS‘s ‘Open Concert‘ in Daegu.“
- The police are investigating the driver’s role in the accident, including considering a charge of accidental vehicular manslaughter. Reports are saying that the driver swerved to avoid hitting another car just before the accident. The investigation was also upgraded to include charges of negligent homicide, stemming from failure to keep the van in safe operating conditions.
Now, for the speculation portion. There have been questions raised about the loss of the tire that is being blamed for the severity of the accident. The photos of the crash show the missing rear driver’s side tire, and it looks suspicious even to the untrained eye. Though there is nothing to substantiate the idea of sabotage, the word has been tossed around the internet today. There also has been speculation that the driver would be the one charged in negligent homicide, but again there is nothing official to back that up.
At some point today, it was also brought up that the severity of RiSe’s condition and the fact that she’s still not stable enough to move, nor stable enough to have her surgeries completed, is incredibly troubling. There have been whispers that she might never regain consciousness even if she survives the initial injuries. Again, there is nothing official to back up these fears, this is just the talk of people who are worried for their idol. While it is true some of us have experience with triage and emergency services and can speak from experience, (both about her condition and about the physics that would have occurred to cause the damage seen in the photos of the van) most people do not have that kind of experience. I ask that all of you be aware of the source you’re getting your news from. Make sure that what you are reading can be backed up with official statements or reports from reputable news agencies in Korea before you believe it or share it. This is a good practice for everything, not just this unfortunate and tragic accident.
On a personal note, I know that this is a lot to process. This is tragic story that I have been monitoring since late last night, and it has had all of my attention today. Almost every minute of my waking day keeping an eye on the news, keeping a record of what could be verified so that you all would have the most accurate picture of what has been happening. This is the saddest and most unfortunate set of circumstances I have seen since the Sewol Ferry accident, and, very similarly, reports seem to be confirming that it could have been minimized, if not outright prevented by being more attentive to safety regulations. Also, this brings to mind the car crash that involved Super Junior several years ago. It makes me wonder how many more of our idols have to be hurt or even killed before the industry starts enacting some stricter safety measures.
What are your thoughts on this tragedy? Share your opinions as we pay our respects to the families of the Ladies Code members, and we will do our very best to keep you as updated as possible.
Edited by: Laura Dees
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