By Joey Aguilar/Staff Reporter
A speeding car killed a Filipina nurse and injured another on Thursday evening at Abu Hamour in Doha, the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) said on Friday.
Based on reports received from reliable sources, labour attache David Des Dicang told Gulf Times that 30-year-old Cheryl Mae Ayugat Wawey died on the spot, while Celeste Mamon Centino, 28, was taken to the Hamad General Hospital with injuries. She is stable now.
The POLO official said the Filipinas, employees of Naseem Al Rabeeh Medical Centre for about two years now, were on their way home from work at Premium Naseem Al Rabeeh Medical Centre when they were hit by the vehicle near the Dar Al Salam Mall around 8pm. The nationality of the suspect is yet to be identified.
Centino, believed to be a resident of Mindoro in the Philippines, is recovering at the intensive care unit of the HGH, according to Dicang.
The body of Wawey, a resident of Baguio and an active member of one of the Filipino organisations in Doha, is in the hospital morgue. Families and relatives of the victims had already been contacted, according to POLO.
The Philippine embassy is now awaiting the results of the police investigation.
Based on POLO records, the two nurses had recently returned from their vacation back home, Dicang said.
As a legitimate member of the Overseas Workers Welfare Office, Wawey’s heirs are entitled to receive financial and livelihood assistance from the Philippine government.
In October 2014, five Filipino expatriates were burnt to death in a road accident near the Hamad International Airport.
Philippine embassy officials said the bodies were charred beyond recognition and DNA tests had been conducted to identify the victims - a family of three and two vacationing nurses from Saudi Arabia. A lone survivor was a hospital secretary.
Dicang has advised his compatriots to be alert when crossing or walking in the streets so as not to be taken off-guard.
“However in this case, it can be said that our young compatriots followed the traffic signs," he added.
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