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Five expats killed after car struck and caught on fire in Qatar

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Ben Chris Rivera, Joyce Rivera and their one-year-old son, Arclian Zirc III
Ben Chris Rivera, Joyce Rivera and their one-year-old son, Arclian Zirc III

With reporting from Chantelle D’mello

Updated at 11:15am and 10pm with more information about the deceased.

Five people in Qatar, including a one-year-old child, were killed yesterday afternoon after being involved in a fiery car accident near Hamad International Airport.

The deceased are among eight people who died in car crashes in Qatar over the Eid holiday weekend.

The Peninsula reports that the victims were traveling in a small car Nissan Pathfinder along the Corniche-Wakrah highway and were hit from behind by an SUV. The newspaper states that the “impact of the collision was so powerful that the ill-fated smaller car caught fire.”

The accident took place shortly before 1pm.

Gulf Times reports that the people struck by the SUV were Filipino, but it is taking time to identify the deceased due to the nature of the accident:

“A Philippine embassy official, who visited the Hamad hospital mortuary, told Gulf Times that all bodies have been charred beyond recognition.

‘The bodies have so badly been burnt that even the gender of the deceased could not be verified. Forensic examination would be required to identify the victims,’ he said.

One Filipino woman who was also in the small car and one Qatari man driving the SUV were also thought to be involved in the accident, and they were taken to the hospital with injuries.

Several Qatar residents who observed the accident yesterday advised commuters to proceed with caution:

https://twitter.com/Yancheto/status/519067467574824960

Saudi residents Marilou Cal and Joyce Gelli.
Saudi residents Marilou Cal and Joyce Gelli.

When reached for comment this morning, a number of Philippines embassy officials declined to confirm to Doha News the nationalities of the deceased.

But the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed the deaths today. A DFA spokesman was quoted by the Inquirer as saying:

“Three fatalities (were) a family based in Qatar while the other two are Saudi Arabia-based nurses who were visiting during the Eid ul Adha holidays.

One survivor, a nurse from Saudi Arabia who is the sister of the Qatar-based family, is pronounced out of danger and is recuperating at Hamad hospital.”

Other deadly crashes

The accident was the third deadly crash reported by local newspapers over the Eid holidays.

According to the Gulf Times, three residents were killed in a car accident off of the Corniche early Sunday morning.

A Qatari, Iranian and Bahraini apparently died after the the crash, which took place around 2:30am in front of the Halul Cafe and involved four vehicles, the newspaper reported.

And a few days before that, an Indian man was reportedly killed when his vehicle hit a truck on Airport Road, the Peninsula reported. The accident happened on Friday night.

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Lelouch D' Merci
Lelouch D' Merci
6 years ago

sad news….just like that their lives gone… when will it become a lesson to all.. especially to those who drive big cars as they were the abusive one on the road (based on my experience)… my thoughts and condolences to the family of the victims.. its really sad… RIP.

Expat
Expat
6 years ago

SUV…Qatari…is it me, or does it reek of a white Land Cruiser?

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Expat

Could be a nissan patrol

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
6 years ago
Reply to  Expat

Qatarday.com has posted pictures.

http://www.qatarday.com/news/local/eight-die-in-accidents-in-two-days/12003

Sadly, the stereo type is once again reinforced as it looks to be a white Landcruiser :-/

Adnan
Adnan
6 years ago

Sad it is… but I’m totally in favour of reporting such incidents on national level. They should become the front page headlines. May be the parents of these guys, who drive big cars, realize the intensity of such events. It’s the loss of lives worth more than just a small scratch on the SUV. RIP

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  Adnan

may the parents of these guys get education so that they can give it back to their children

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Adnan

Then where will they put the full page ads or on slow ad days some guy getting some inane award while shaking hands with someone or 2 guys sitting in guilded chairs discussing “matters of mutual concern”?
All is happy, your family safe and “nothing to see here” in Qatar. Didn’t you realize?

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

5 people dead from some idiot local should cause a national out cry, but no some half wit just got promoted (not on merit, just because he is Qatari) to chief financial officer of Al Savagi holdings and they put a full page ad in the paper….nation of dickheads.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago

People responsible for such accidents need to be heavily fined and face serious jail time for reckless driving. Otherwise all other measures to improve traffic safety may as well be considered a waste of time and money.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago

“Gulf Times reports that the people struck by the SUV were Filipino”…so it is important to state where were the victims from but what about those committing this murder? So we have to assume…SUV =…?

Pete
Pete
6 years ago
Reply to  fullmoon07

Read carefully. It says the driver was a Qatari.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Pete

Says “appears”…

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago

I hope the driver is charged with some sort of negligent homicide and brought to justice, regardless of nationality. Awareness campaigns do no good without severe consequences to back them up. Often a hard rear end crash is the result of distracted driving. I wonder if the driver had taken “the pledge.” If he did, “the pledge” did these five poor individuals and their families no good. Terrible story.

Jack Jill
Jack Jill
6 years ago

Yet this will will only be a part of the statistics. Lesson never learnt! I’ve seen minors driving cars accross the streets of Doha! Where are their parents??? Discipline should begins at home. Be responsible! So sad of the lives gone who just came here for a living to support their families back in their homes. Who would support the families of the victims now? The Land Cruiser driver??? I hope the authoritities will double their vigilance to penalize the violators especially those who are speeding fast, sudden changing of lanes despite of the traffic jam!

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago
Reply to  Jack Jill

Jack Jill, I will tell you where the parents are – they are right beside them. Just like the 12-13 year old that I saw driving a black AMG Merc suv about a week ago on my way to the airport. He was in the fast lane doing about 50kph taking instructions from his dad (I guess) making other people swerve to miss him. He then changed lanes suddenly without indication causing more confusion. Such a lack of regard for other road users. I hope that the person who was instructing the child reads this so that he knows what an idiot he was.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago

If you drive a LC like a Porsche, at high speeds like a Porsche, maneuver like a Porsche, when you try to stop it like a Porsche, the Physics don’t work. Add to that the blatant disregard for anyones safety and this is the result. We all know nothing will happen to the LC driver and until I see proof there was I will stand by my statement.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago

The headline is a bit deceiving. The car didn’t crash, that wording appears to make it a one vehicle crash. They were bulldozed from behind by a LC. “A Qatari driver, with no regard for anyone on the road just murdered 5 Filipinos” might be more appropriate. “one Qatari man driving the SUV were also thought to be involved in the accident…” Appears? Is this part of the new cyber law as to not say he was involved and save your a$$?

Shabina921
Shabina921
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

We have a two-source policy when it comes to verifying news. We cannot confirm with certainty that the driver was Qatari – and we are being transparent about that.

guest
guest
6 years ago
Reply to  Shabina921

helloooo DN, are you going to do or say something with judging and calling the whole nation ( dickheads ) ???????

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  guest

why?

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  guest

He is a descendent of dickheads, don’t blame him for it.

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

exactly…murdered. In Aus this would be a national shame and if proven guilty the driver would do at least 15 years jail…in Qatar, nah its your right as a local to murder expat slaves.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

I find it quite disgusting that even a tragedy like this you are willing to exploit for your antics against Qatar. Many Qataris have died as a result of other Qataris reckless driving and the penalty is the same for the reckless driver regardless of the nationality of those killed, which reflects how the traffic laws and enforcement of them is weak for everyone in the country, hence anybody can be a victim at any time.

This is not the place for you to divert attention to your typical Qatar vs Expats crap, so have some respect for those who lost their lives and try and be decent for once.

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Saleem, as a Qatari can you please tell the expat community what your people are doing to deal with this problem?

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

Nothing.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

They do what you guys are doing. Comment on the newspapers/radio that this is unacceptable, serious punishments need to be introduced, etc. Some official will comment on the outrage, saying yes this is unacceptable, from now on such and such a policy will be introduced, enforcement stepped up etc., then everything goes quiet again until another major accident and the cycle repeats itself.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

But why does it even take someone to tell you it’s not appropriate to drive that way? A little common sense would seem to do. Or is there any of that here? Not much me thinks. Where I’m from there are laws and enforcement but many opportunities to flaunt the law and enforcement. But still people drive with respect for the other driver. It’s called living in a civilized society.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Same reason that significant sums are spent on raising awareness on drunk driving in the USA, yet despite this, every two minutes a person is injured in a drunk driving crash in the US.

Surely common sense would allow one to realize that alcohol can impair cognitive functioning, do you really need all the ads to drive this point home? It seems not much common sense exists there either.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Even with drunk driving our fatality rate in the States is less than half what it is here. Are they doing LSD or something here?

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Saleem, surely in a small society of 300,000 members someone can phone the Emir and get this sorted. He cannot be blind to this. I know he gets an escort so he is not threatened but he must read about this in the paper. Do you guys have a relationship with him or is he kept serarate?

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Yeah like the Qatari who hit me from behind, destroyed my car and lo and behold I was somehow blamed. Police at station said I could file a lawsuit but would take 2 yrs and gave me a “good luck with that”. So I’m out my cars total value because I was driving like a sane person, doing the speed limit in the right hand lane. This has happened to 4 of my expat friends as well. So please, to say enforcement is equal is pure rubbish and you know it.

Sometimes I’ll write down the license #s of cars driving erratically or blowing thru even the speed cameras. Using the MOI website to look up violations one driver had nearly QR 40,000 in fines but somehow still on the road. The average of the others was around QR 10,000.

Yep equal.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Well then I guess the expat family who had told me about what happened with their case where a Qatari was responsible for the death of their daughter last year were just lying to me about the court proceedings, two former expat school mates of mine who passed away in what was a big accident three years ago, their families also lying about what happened in the courts, the Qataris who have told me of fellow Qatari reckless drivers who are back on the streets after killing their loved ones, must also be lying, everybody is clearly a liar except for you and your friends.

So you are suggesting that if it was an expat driving erratically they would be put off the streets? Go look at the driving on the streets again, this time without your “I hate Qataris” spectacles on and you will find there are many expats driving badly too, and they are also still on the streets.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

So you know they were lyng how? Because your friends said they did? From my experience Qataris are not the most blame accepting group. Whether it be an airport, hospital or road being built (It’s always the contractors fault and I know the biggest project to date since I’ve been here was the “clients” fault) or death and mayhem on the roads. True there are bad drivers from everywhere but lets put it into perspective. For every 1 bad expat driver there are what, 100, 1000 bad Qatari drivers?

An expat driving and killing someone would probably be deported. If I can raise my hands in a “what the heck are you doing” (no finger involved) manner and be deported. Why not? And that to happened to a colleagues husband.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

I was being sarcastic when I said they were lying, my point being they received the same compensation and the same sentence was imposed on the Qatari responsible as when a Qatari kills a fellow Qatari.

Indeed Qataris and Arabs generally don’t accept blame, and you do see that all over like in the examples you provided, I will give you that. However the stuff you say in here come across as wildly exaggerated. Like a colleague’s husband deported for raising their hand, that sounds like total bull. Deportation is reserved for significantly worse crimes, and no, when an expat kills someone when driving they are not deported (unless they were drunk while driving).

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

I’m telling you, Gods honest truth, he was. He’s Turkish, she American. They drove down the road, guy behind flashing lights, honking but cars in from and beside him. Qatari in LC gets over in right lane, swerves into fast lane and dead stops trying to make them hit him. Guy says “you cannot disrespect me like that blah blah blah”. They thought the end of it and even after he files a case… Turns he’s connected and told them so. After much legal wrangling and huge cost to him (and JAIL!!! ) he was deported.

I saw the incident. I happened to be behind the Qatari LC following my friends to their home for dinner.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

If that is true that is very disappointing to know and quite disgraceful. Do you know the name of the individual who did that and what the official charge was on the court documents? As in what crime was he charged with to be jailed then deported.

Farhan Khurshid
6 years ago

May their souls rest in peace.. Its so sad to see people loosing their lives because of some idiot drivers who have money but no value for money; have great life but no value for life. As mentioned in the report, the driver “APPEARED” to be national; didn’t surprise a bit. For God sake dear young guns! if you own SUV Car, you own SUV Car only; not the road and it’s a road; not a race track. Please give value to your own life and to the life of others. While driving, even one second of carelessness is enough to cause an irrecoverable loss and life long mental trauma. Whatever steps are taken by the MOI; they are certainly not enough with such driving culture where drivers show arrogance and superiority over other drivers. The overall driving culture needs an overhaul. Dear Parents; please look after your kids and educate them about how to drive in a responsible manner; otherwise the roads here in Qatar will keep witnessing such tragic incidents.

hot rod
hot rod
6 years ago

The victim includes a family and their 1 year old child. The driver of the SUV is an 18 year old Qatari. I hope that a follow-up report is made on the criminal liabilities.. 5 persons were senselessly killed because of the usual reckless bullying drivers that makes the roads of Qatar one of the deadliest in the world!!!

Shiv
Shiv
6 years ago

A fine will not be adequate since the small car was hit from behind, i think the driver should be punished with life in prison or even death… he would have most probably been on the phone or driving like a total IDIOT and due to his stupidity an innocent family together with a one year old baby had to pay the price. I hope the officials of Qatar don’t let this be swept under the rug since it involves a Qatari man who most people say is only 18 years old. Justice should be served and also a HUGE compensation should be made to the relatives of the deceased.. if serious action is taken by the officials then it will prevent other stupid, idiotic and crazy drivers to be very careful on the road and be mindful of other peoples lives too after all when we sit behind the wheel we are responsible for the people in the car and also the people on the road which most drivers in Qatar don’t seem to understand they drive like they own the road and the country… Sorry if anyone gets offended by my comment but this had to be said and i meant every word… i am seriously sad after reading about the crash and i hope justice will be served since i too have also witness many crazy idiotic drivers who are on the phone and just driving like maniacs this needs to stop people and the only way will be if action is taken despite the nationality….

DJ25Q
DJ25Q
6 years ago

RIP all victims … and justice shall be served very soon.
from my observation, the “hidden rule” states that small or medium sized vehicles have no right to drive ( no matter the driver’s race, or what lane you are on ) and reckless drivers are not only locals in SUVs ( though most often are) because you will see others in smaller cars driving rather like playing Need for Speed game with real cars.

So, I thought about these for safer driving …but…
1- Defensive driving ( works on normal roads…never worked on racing tracks)
2- Buy a bigger car ( Thinking its safer? No. Extra expenses, More traffic, Heavier CO2 footprint)
3- Law enforcement ( not in our hands…or is it? )

It is really frustrating…as we can’t just stay at home to avoid a stressful,gampling-like daily experience called Driving, where you may end up in mortuary , hospital, or by God’s grace at home, but at least suffering a trauma.

Corbomite
Corbomite
6 years ago
Reply to  DJ25Q

2 – Better buy a tank

Still not satisfied
Still not satisfied
6 years ago

@DohaNews Please update this article to reflect that the car hit from behind was a NISSAN PATHFINDER (an SUV) not a small car as stated (repeatedly) in this article. To imply that this family would have been alive had then been in a larger car gives people a false sense of security about driving around in big cars, is insulting and inaccurate. They were in a large car and they are not alive because they were hit from behind while at a full stop by someone driving recklessly who did not break. Heartbreaking and scary.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago

From it being an accident to the size of the car… Not very good reporting.

DJ25Q
DJ25Q
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Agree. Law enforcement seems the only solution as he number of reckless drivers is increasing ( nationality aside ) which means more cars with a license to kill.
What can we do about it as individual drivers ?

Cerebus
Cerebus
6 years ago

Lots of comments about the stupidity of the LC driver etc….debate about speed etc. Yet no one here was there, no one saw the accident. Details are limited except that the vehicle on the side of the road was parked. That by the way is illegal. Its not a parking lane, it is an emergency lane in the case your vehicle is broken or there is an accident. Did the Pathfinder have its hazard lights on? Did it have its lights on at all? Was it day? Was it night? Did the LC swerve to miss something else? Or do we assume based on our own personal experience that it as just a spoiled Qatari kid acting stupidly? If that is the case, yes, he needs to be held accountable. The bigger tragedy is the loss of the young family and friends. Yet the first thing this turns into is a debate about what nationality are the best drivers…..well here is a headline, they all have bad drivers. I witnessed a very similar accident at home, with a tractor trailer truck and a mid sized sedan. The truck had no marker lights on, only tail lights and the driver of the other car just followed the tail lights and didn’t realize that the truck was stopped. I saw another accident on the Autobahn in Germany that was quite similar. Was it because the driver was German as opposed to British? Maybe something to think about. If you want to show your friends and family the airport, don’t pull of to the side of a busy motorway for a tour. Similarly, if you are in a rush, is it really worth the time to plow past everyone to cut a few places in the queue? Common sense all around is needed. I feel for the loss of this family. The kid in the LC must also go the rest of his life with the guilt of their deaths on his shoulders. To assume he is remorseless or without guilt is a stretch as best. He will struggle with this for years to come as will the others that must cope with the loss of their family. Truly a tragic accident.

Tara
Tara
6 years ago

RIP … yesterday I was traveling home
after office going towards to Jaida bridge; before bridge there is one small
BUS stop for karwa only I guess.. Suddenly Nissan sunny applied break and stopped
for illegal limousine passengers, I only know how do I stopped my car and avoid
accident, when I ask him he started shouted on me my god what is this ??
therefore plz somebody has to look in to that,,,,,,,, and stoop this plz.

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
6 years ago

May there souls rest in peace. May God be with their families in their hour of need and comfort. My heart goes out to them.

Guest
Guest
5 years ago

Sabina, any update on this story please?

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