PETALING JAYA: Runner Evelyn Ang, who had been in a coma after being hit by a car during a run, died early yesterday morning without ever regaining consciousness.
Her husband, Dennis Loo, told Malay Mail Online his wife succumbed to her injuries at around 1.30am at the Sungai Buloh Hospital.
A profile picture update on Ang’s Facebook page, posted by an administrator at 1.40am on Thursday, was captioned with “In memory of Evelyn Ang Loo 13041973 – 01032018”.
“She passed away peacefully and she went off at her own pace despite all the things that we all did to help. The hospital did the very best for her and the doctors too,” Loo was reported as saying.
Ang, who was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver in December, suffered a cranial fracture and bleeding in the brain.
Two other runners were also injured in the incident during the Klang City International Marathon last December.
“I will always say this is a race that she ran and she has crossed triumphantly. She has always been cheerful, a believer of positivity and smiling. She would always put on a strong front and she believed that every smile shown would be returned back.
“She would want everybody to remember her for that,” her grieving husband added.
Teoh Thiam Lim, 28, was charged in the Klang’s magistrate court on Feb 20 with reckless and dangerous driving – driving a car in a reckless manner that could endanger others at Batu 2, Jalan Kapar at about 4.30am on Dec 10, 2017.
The mechanic, who was unrepresented, pleaded not guilty to the charge before magistrate Roslizi Sulaiman and was granted RM5,500 bail in one surety. The court set March 9 for mention.
Meanwhile, Ang’s friends have pledged to continue to run in her stead and in dedication to her after news broke of her death.
According to Malay Mail Online, the Run4missyblurkit Facebook page, which dedicates the total number of distance in kilometres run by Ang’s runner friends in her honour since January 2018, announced today that there will be three more tallies of mileage in her memory.
“There will be three more CPs on this page. These runs will be our dedication to Evie,” the page’s administrator said in this morning’s post.
CPs refer to checkpoints and CP8 or the eighth checkpoint will see the dedicated mileage during this weekend’s March 2 to March 4 being tallied, while the ninth checkpoint will see runners running for Ang during the April 13 to April 15 period, with the starting date being her birthday on April 13.
The 10th and final checkpoint will be April 28 to April 30, which is the weekend of Monster Ultra and the Route 68 for 2018.
Monster Ultra 200 is a 48-hour running challenge that Ang had took part in last year, completing it on May 1 in 50 hours and 58 minutes. The Route 68 challenge this year involves categories of 9-hour, 16-hour, 32-hour runs through Gombak on April 28 and April 29.
The Run4missyblurkit page had in the first weekend of Jan 5 to Jan 7 or CP1 collected a total of runs of 938.89km and 6,500 steps in support of Ang.
To date, Ang’s friends have run a total of 8,697.44 km in Malaysia and abroad for seven consecutive weeks to cheer her on and wish her well, with the highest tally in a week being CP3 with 2,095.32km.
The Run4missyblurkit campaign was temporarily paused last week amid initial media reports that Ang had died.
The page administrator later said “Eve is a fighter still” and urged Ang’s friends to give the family some space during a challenging time.
Lyana Khairuddin, who had started the Run4missyblurkit Facebook page, had last month, told Malay Mail that the campaign would run until the anniversary of Ang’s completion of the 200km Monster Ultra Challenge last year.
“As we know that she had plans for ultras this year, this page could hopefully let Eve know that she has ‘ran’ ultras too, that we are all dedicating mileage for her, doing what she loves and what she has taught us to love,” she had said then.