A recently-widowed mother, who was working a nanny to support her two teenagers, was among the four Filipino workers workers who were killed in a head-on crash on an icy highway Saturday morning.
Eva Janet Caperina, 41, was travelling with three other people – two men and a woman – along Highway 21 when their Saturn Ion hit an icy patch near Leduc.
The car swerved into the oncoming lane and slammed into a tractor trailer, killing all four people inside.
The accident comes after Caperina’s husband was killed in a motorcycle accident 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.
Donieg said the two men worked at a fast food restaurant, while Caperina and the other woman were both nannies.
Donieg said her cousin was close friends with the other woman killed in the crash, and had often stayed with her in Edmonton on the weekends. During the week, Caperina worked in the hamlet of Kingsman, near Camrose, and often relied on her employer to drive her to and from the city.
This weekend, Donieg believes the four were driving out to Kingsman, 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, where four Filipino workers were killed when their vehicle was hit by a suspected drunk driver.
Lyla Gray, a prominent member of the community, says that fact is not lost on those that knew the group.
“Everybody’s so sad. The Filipino community is so sad because it happened again,” she said.
Gray said there are efforts underway to raise money to pay for funeral arrangements.
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