Today, a friend of mine tragically became the latest statistic in Singapore’s rapidly rising traffic accident rates. His life was taken away from him by a taxi driver who fled the scene immediately. Bao Hua died on the spot.
He would have turned 29 this year.
Bao Hua, you gave my best friend some 5 years of happiness and I thank you for that. You might look like the typical gangster and all, but behind that facade laid a total softie. I was speechless and numb when I heard the news not 12 hours ago. I still can’t quite believe that you’re gone, and I can’t even get June to tell her of this.
If I had to dig for a very faint silver lining, it would be that you passed on instantly and skipped the entire struggling for your life in hospital part.
Add-on edit from The New Paper:
TNP PHOTO: Benjamin Seetor
It was his first day at work, and tragically, it proved to be his last.
Mr Lim Poh Wah, 29, was delivering documents when he fell off his motorbike after a near collision with a taxi. A black Volvo then ran over him.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Singapore Civil Defence Officers.
He was hit near the Farrer Road Market bus stop.
The driver of the Volvo, a woman who looked to be in her 40s, declined to comment.
She looked visibly shaken and was dabbing her tears with a tissue. She was overheard telling SCDF officers: “It happened too fast and I couldn’t stop.”
If you, or any of your friends were travelling along Farrer Road, at the junction between Holland Road and Empress Road around 4pm on 25 February 2013 and have information that might lead to the arrest of the errant taxi driver, please do come forward and help us, or share this post on Facebook.
Rest in peace Ah Hua.