LOSS of dad followed by more blows
The Nicoll Highway accident claimed four lives, including that of LTA inspector Tan Lock Yong.
His death took a toll on his family, especially his daughter, Madam Catherine Tan, who is now in her late 30s.
Life dealt her another cruel blow when her fiance called off their engagement two weeks after the tragedy. Shortly after that, her maternal grandmother, whom she had been very close to, died.
Madam Tan's mother, who could not deal with the double loss, slipped into depression.
Despite that, the aspiring actress forged on in her acting career. But her appearances in men's magazines like Maxim also sparked controversy.
In response to the flak she received, Madam Tan told TNP some nine years ago: "The fact is my dad died. I didn't pray for my father to die so that my face can be splashed in the papers."
Since then, she has stayed out of the limelight.
Madam Tan revealed to this reporter via text messages that she was based in Taiwan from 2011 to 2013, where she volunteered at homeless shelters and eldercare centers and acted in projects by students from Taiwan University.
It was also there that she met her Taiwanese husband, who is now a permanent resident here. Both are based in Singapore.