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4 Filipino temporary foreign workers killed in Leduc crash

11/24/2014 01:25 EST | Updated 01/24/2015 05:59 EST
A recently widowed mother working as a nanny to support her two teenagers was among four Filipino temporary foreign workers killed in a head-on crash with a truck on an icy Alberta highway Saturday morning.

Eva Janette Caperina, 41, was travelling with two men and a woman along Highway 21 when their Saturn Ion hit an icy patch near Leduc.

The car swerved into the opposite lane and slammed into a tractor-trailer, killing all four people.

The accident comes after Caperina’s husband was killed in a motorcycle crash last year.

”That’s the saddest part of the story, the husband just passed away, and she had two kids — a boy and a girl,” said Hilda Donieg, Caperina’s cousin.

The two men worked at a fast food restaurant, while Caperina and the other woman were both nannies, Donieg said.

During the week, Caperina worked in the hamlet of Kingman, near Camrose, and frequently relied on her employer to drive her to and from the city.

Donieg said her cousin was close friends with the other woman killed in the crash, often staying with her in Edmonton on weekends.

This weekend, Donieg believes, the four were driving out to Kingman, possibly to teach Caperina the route in case she ever had to drive it, when the crash occurred.

The tragedy echoes a crash in 2012, when four Filipino workers were killed when their vehicle was hit by a suspected drunk driver.

Lyla Gray, a prominent member of the community, said that history is not lost on those that knew the workers.

“Everybody’s so sad," she said. "The Filipino community is so sad because it happened again.”

Gray said there are efforts underway to raise money to pay for funeral arrangements.

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