Car Crash Kills 2 in Korean Girl Band

Kwon Ri-sae of Ladies' Code dies of injuries
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 7, 2014 5:52 AM CDT
Car Crash Kills 2 in Korean Girl Band
EunB and Rise, two members of South Korean pop band Ladies' Code, have died in a car accident.   (ICY Bucket Challenge for ALS)

A second member of the South Korean band Ladies' Code died from injuries sustained from a motor accident, her management said today. Kwon Ri-sae, 23, better known as Rise, died this morning at a hospital in Suwon, just south of Seoul. She had been unconscious after undergoing hours of emergency brain surgery following Wednesday's accident. Fellow band member Go Eun-bi, 22, died shortly after a van carrying the group crashed into a guard rail on a rain-drenched highway near Seoul.

Police suspect that the van driver may have been speeding on the wet road to meet a tight schedule. The National Forensic Service is currently investigating the accident. Inspector Lee Ho-dong said the police will call in the driver, who was treated for a mild injury, for more questioning. "We are investigating the exact cause of the accident," he tells the BBC. "But it's difficult because the highway section where the crash occurred did not have a closed-circuit television camera." Another member of the five-member group fractured her jaw and two others suffered minor injuries. Ladies' Code debuted last year. (More South Korea stories.)

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