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Monday, December 08, 2008
ALMOST every night, Ms Nurliah Sulaiman would sit on a bench outside her Yishun HDB block chit-chatting with fiance Muhammad Anis Kamsani.
But their get-together proved fatal on Saturday night when a driver lost control of her car while reversing and rammed into the couple, according to witnesses.
The vehicle uprooted the metal bench and drove it back 10m before finally coming to a stop.
While Miss Nurliah, 23, was flung to the side, her fiancee was pinned under the Toyota Corolla.
Paramedics arrived at Block 221 in Yishun Street21 before midnight, but there was little they could do. Mr Muhammad Anis, 26, was dead minutes later.
Yesterday afternoon, just a few hours after being discharged from hospital, Miss Nurliah bade a final farewell to her fiance at the Muslim cemetery in Lim Chu Kang.
With her swollen face bandaged and her eyes covered by dark glasses, she sobbed quietly as she poured water over his grave.
Miss Nurliah choked back tears when she met The Straits Times later at the accident site.
'We chose this place because it was quiet and we had our privacy,' she said. 'I still cannot believe that this is where Anis was taken away from me.'
His younger brother Muhammad Faizal Kamsani, 24, said the family was at a loss over the accident.
'They were just sitting there on the bench, talking. We have no idea how the car could suddenly ram into them. Everything is a big question mark.'
The driver, a woman in her 40s, is assisting police with their investigations.
The accident shocked residents of the quiet Yishun block.
Mr Ahmad Redwan, 44, who lives just above the accident site, said he rushed downstairs after hearing a loud crash sometime before midnight on Saturday. He said Mr Muhammad Anis was pinned under the car and screaming in pain.
'He could focus for a few minutes but after that he starting slipping away,' he said.
Eyewitnesses said the driver was in a daze when she exited the car. She is believed to live in the neighbourhood.
Miss Nurliah was bloodied but conscious.
'Even though she was in pain, she was pointing to her boyfriend to tell us to help him,' said Madam Faridah Kamisah, 50.
Mr Muhammad Anis worked as a furniture mover and also helped out at a food stall run by his parents. He would meet Miss Nurliah after she finished work as an assistant nurse at the National University Hospital.
Miss Nurliah said they would then cycle together to a multi-purpose court outside her block to chat on the bench.
The couple had known each other for two years and were planning to get married next year.
One's stupidity caused so much grief to the others. I have no idea how the hell dat female driver could reverse at such high speed n even dragged the man for a good whole 10metres. How did she pass her driving? Men will speed n cause serious accidents, but women can get into the weirdest ever accidents like the one above. Did she mistaken the accelerator pedal as the brake? Male drivers are reckless, but female drivers are plain stupid. Nuff said.
My condolences to the family involved. It has really been a tragedy to die in such unjustified way.