Runner Evelyn Ang who was hit by a car while pacing at a marathon in Klang last month is out of her coma, but her husband is beginning to wonder if the athlete who remains unconscious will find justice.
Ang’s husband, Dennis Loo, said she has undergone four surgeries since the accident last December and is now in stable condition, but still needs intensive care.
When she recovers, Ang will also be on a long road to recovery and an even longer one to return to her days of being an ultramarathoner.
“She is no longer in an induced coma but has not regained consciousness either. She is off the respirator and her general condition is now stable but she is still not conscious yet.
She is out of ICU but is she being monitored vigilantly,” he told the Malay Mail in a written response.
“We pray every day that she will wake up soon. She is well taken care of at the hospital but she is going to need a lot of surgery and treatment in the near, medium and distant future.
“I am focusing on her road to recovery but at the same time I can’t help but wonder whether action will be taken against all parties responsible for what happened to her. I certainly hope justice will be served,” he said.
Last December 10, Ang and two other runners were hit by a driver at 4.30am at the 14km mark during the Klang City International Marathon 2017. Ang reportedly suffered a skull fracture with bleeding in her brain.
Last month, the Klang Utara district police began investigating the 27-year-old driver under Section 43(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for careless and inconsiderate driving, while the Klang Selatan district police initiated a probe on the marathon’s organiser under Section 36(1) of the Sports Development Act 1997 for allegedly organising the event without obtaining a licence from the Sports Commissioner.
The driving offence is punishable by a fine of between RM4,000 and RM10,000 and a maximum one-year jail term while those convicted for the offence under the Sports Development Act face penalties of a maximum RM5,000 fine, a maximum six-month jail term or both.
Police say the driver’s urine tested negative for alcohol or drugs at the time but added last month that his blood sample was sent for further testing to determine if he had abused any substances.
When contacted, Klang Utara district police chief Asst Comm Mazelan Paijan said police have completed investigations and are now awaiting results of the sample.
Klang Selatan district police chief Asst Comm Shamsul Amar Ramli confirmed to the Malay Mail that investigations on their end have also been completed.
“Klang Selatan has completed taking action and it is now at the State Prosecution Director’s office after being referred twice,” he said, adding that the case is to be coordinated with the accident case probed by the Klang Utara police district.
When contacted, Selangor prosecution director Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad told Malay Mail that his office had received the investigation papers.
“I have reviewed and those investigation papers have been circulated to the prosecution division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further instructions,” he said in an email response.
Meanwhile, in a heart-warming gesture, runners are dedicating their mileage to Ang.
The dedications are pouring in on a Facebook page called Run4missyblurkit that was set up by fellow runner Lyana Khairuddin and named after Ang’s online moniker, Missyblurkit.
Lyana Khairuddin (L) seen here with Evelyn Ang (R) and their friend Ahmad Azrai.
Lyana explained that the campaign is intended to offer support and well-wishes for Ang and her family, and for runners to clock up the distance the ultramarathoner would have amassed were she not still in hospital unconscious.
“Eve is an ultramarathoner, so her mileage is insane; someone training for a marathon would do average of 50-60km a week, Eve would do that in ONE DAY while training, she has completed 100-mile (160km) and 200-mile ultramarathons.
“I know I can’t run that much with my current schedule, so I wanted to do a collective mileage that would match her training schedule,” she told the Malay Mail when sharing her inspiration for the Facebook page.
On the page, runners devote their mileage to Ang from Friday to Sunday each week, which Lyana then tallies. She intends to present the Facebook page to Ang when the latter recovers to show her that friends have kept her in mind all this time
As Lyana is studying in the UK and running the Facebook page alone, the timeframe for runners to report their runs is from 9pm (GMT) on Fridays to the same time on Sunday, to cater to her schedule as a student. Ang’s friends also usually meet on weekends to run.
To date, the Facebook page started on January 5 has seen 62 runners sharing their mileage with Ang during the first checkpoint (CP) last weekend or the first tallying of the mileage dedicated to her.
Lyana said runners must reach checkpoints (CP) during marathons and ultramarathons by a cut-off time or risk disqualification, adding: “It’s runner’s lingo and one that we always ask when Eve is doing her ultras: ‘has she reached CP so and so?’“
According to Lyana, those dedicating their distances to Ang are fellow runners and mostly know her from their weekend running group Tasik Perdana Running Club (TPRC), otherwise known as the Terrence Poon Running Club.
“Most are Malaysians, including Malaysians currently living abroad, some are expats who have lived in Malaysia/ currently residing in Malaysia and was/is a part of our running group,” she said.
Lyana said the response for the first CP has been good with 938.89km logged, with some ultramarathoners even dedicating a full 100km to Ang in that first week alone.
“For me, I just want Eve to know that we all love her and that we believe she will recover and run with us again, so this support is wonderful,” Lyana said, describing Ang as a “stalwart” of the running community in Kuala Lumpur.
“The page will run until the anniversary of Eve having completed her Monster Ultra Challenge last year (200km). 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 added.
Ang had participated in the 48-hour Monster Ultra 200 last year, completing the challenge on May 1 in 50 hours and 58 minutes.
On Lyana’s call for Ang’s non-runner friends to start running and share stories of their experience, she said this would allow them to show their support in a tangible way.
“Eve is actually also an avid volunteer with causes like the 2015 East Coast Flood Relief, and a number of other causes. Everywhere she goes, she’ll encourage people to take up running, so this is also for those friends who know her from these causes to show her how much she has positively affected their lives.
Close friend Ana Fauzi said Ang had achieved her personal best (PB) for a full marathon during the Twincity Marathon 2017 on January 15, 2017. In that run, Ang completed 42.195km through Putrajaya and Cyberjaya in 4 hours 29 minutes and 42 seconds, or around 11 minutes faster than her previous record at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon 2015.
“She had already signed up for the same run scheduled next weekend. She was aiming to do another PB but unfortunately she can’t make it now,” Ana told the Malay Mail, referring to the Twincity Marathon 2018 which will be held on January 21. – Malay Mail