Ladies Code Holds an Emotinal Memorial Concert for EunB and Rise in Japan
luvsmiling, Aug. 22, 2015, 5 p.m.
The remaining member of Ladies Code have held a memorial concert in honor of their fallen member EunB and RiSe in Japan. The remaining members Ashley, Zuny, and Sojung participated at the Tokyo's Shinagawa Stellar Ball. Their performance was quite emotional as the girls broke down after singing a few songs.
Ladies Code is a South Korean girl group formed by Polaris Entertainment in 2013. The group originally consisted of leader Ashley and members RiSe, EunB, Sojung and Zuny. They made their debut with the mini-album Code#01 and the lead track "Bad Girl", which was released on March 7, 2013. On September 3, 2014, the group was involved in a car accident which resulted in the deaths of EunB and RiSe.
On September 3, 2014 at around 1:30AM, the group was involved in a serious car accident while returning to Seoul after attending the recording of KBS "Open Concert" at DGIST (and thus completing promotions for "Kiss Kiss"). The group's manager, Mr. Park (who was driving the van) had been speeding, driving 137 km/h (85 mph) in a 100 km/h (62 mph) zone for a distance of 30 km (19 mi). Rainy conditions made the road slippery, which caused Park to suddenly lose control of the vehicle, causing the group's van to hydroplane and skid several times before crashing into a protective wall in the vicinity of the Singal Junction on Yeongdong Expressway.
EunB was declared dead on arrival by the time the paramedics reached Sungbin Medical Center, while the remaining six passengers were rushed to various hospitals. Sojung and RiSe, who suffered the most serious injuries, were taken to the Catholic University of Korea St. Vincent's Hospital in Suwon, listed under critical condition. RiSe's condition quickly deteriorated and she was moved to Ajou University Hospital, where she eventually died four days later on September 7, 2014, at 10:10AM. Sojung's condition has since been reported as stabilized. Ashley, Zuny, Park, and one stylist also sustained minor injuries. On October 29, Ashley and Zuny were released from the hospital and spent time recovering at their respective homes, while Sojung was moved to a hospital in her hometown of Wonju. They returned to their group's dorm in Seoul on November 12, with Sojung continuing to receive outpatient treatment.
The investigation conducted by the National Institute of Scientific Investigation (NISI), revealed and confirmed that the cause of the accident was due to driving over the posted speed limit and that the van's back tire came off due to the impact of the van crashing into the protective wall. It had been reported that none of the van's airbags deployed at the time of impact, while witness accounts state that the vehicle rolled over multiple times after it hit the protective wall. An ambulance worker who was at the scene later reported that he did "not recall undoing any seat belts" as he attempted to help the injured passengers.