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SINGAPORE - The widow of the Ferrari driver who was involved in the horror crash that claimed the lives of three has come out to apologise for her dead husband's "driving error".
In an online post made through a friend's Weibo account, Madam He TingTing wrote that the family "expresses their deepest apologies to the families of the deceased driver and his female passenger who were killed by Ma Chi's driving error".
Madam He added that the family will not ignore this matter, and will take responsibility towards them.
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"It all depends on the accident report that we are waiting for," she wrote.
Weibo is a popular Chinese micro-blogging site. Her friend "Triston" helped her put up five posts in total on the blog, The New Paper reported.
Madam He also commented that the family will not respond on the arguments going on in cyberspace about the accident.
She wrote that the family hopes that everybody can understand and respect their predicament.
The family was in the midst of preparing to celebrate the arrival of a new life (the unborn baby of Madam He, who is pregnant) when the tragedy happened, she said.
"Ma Chi has paid a heavy price for his actions and I hope everybody will show a little respect for the dead," she said.
Mr Ma Chi's red Ferrari crashed into a taxi, which then crashed into a motorcycle, resulting in his death as well as the death of the taxi driver Mr Cheng Teck Hock, 52, and his Japanese female passenger Ms Shigemi Ito, 41.
In addition, motorcyclist Muhammad Najib Ghazali, 26 and the female passenger of the Ferrari Ms Wu WeiWei suffered serious injuries from the crash.
In the Weibo posts, she said that the family expresses concern for Ms Wu, but added that they do not know her personally.
Rich man's son or hard-working man?
In recent days, netizens have been speculating on whether Mr Ma was the son of China's former top economic planner Ma Kai, who is now the secretary-general of the State Council, China's Cabinet.
The rumours came about due to wide spread curiosity over how the 31-year-old private investor could have earned enough on his own to buy a $1.8 million Ferrari, on top of multiple properties.
However, those who knew the late Mr Ma say he was not related to the high-ranking Chinese official, and was simply a hardworking and intelligent young man.
Madam He's Weibo posts also refuted claims that her husband was born into money, saying that they are not 'guan er dai or fu er dai' (Chinese terms used to describe offspring of the rich).
"We are undeserving of those titles," she wrote.
ST reported that Chinese press have identified Mr Ma's father to have been a teacher and his mother a former hospital worker.
Beijing News reported that an unnamed former classmate said it was possible that Mr Ma made his fortune through investing in stocks.