‘My daughter was trapped under the car and might have died’: Single mum recalls horrifying accident
Ms Lim Xiaoli was strolling home with her five-year-old daughter from Junction 9 in Yishun on Nov 1, 2022, when she heard a commotion ahead.
An accident involving two cars, a motorcycle and two pedestrians just took place at a carpark. Her elder sister, who was carrying her four-month-old baby, was there and shouted for her attention.
Ms Lim rushed over. Her heart sank when she saw her badly injured mother and teenage daughter, who were hit by a grey Mazda with a pregnant woman at the wheel.
“I was horrified. There were lots of blood all over the floor and my mum was conscious, but her head was bleeding quite badly,” said Ms Lim.
“My daughter was also conscious when I arrived but I was told that she was trapped under the car and might have died,” the 41-year-old single mother said. “She was not moving until a few migrant workers lifted the car and pulled her out.”
Prior to the accident, Ms Lim and her family were having lunch at the neighbourhood shopping mall before walking home separately.
Her mother, 64-year-old Ong Kim Hong, was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. Her elder daughter, 15-year-old Kaelyn Ho, was taken to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. They have recovered, although Ms Ong is still coping with pain in her arms and legs.
Police investigations are still ongoing.
Hoping to thank the migrant workers who lifted the badly damaged car to free her daughter, Ms Lim approached Nee Soon East MP Louis Ng to help look for the heroes.
Last month, they managed to meet the workers, Mr Md Abuhaiat Nurnobi, Mr Miah Eadhu, Mr Alam Jahangir and Mr Molla Mohammad Sayem, to thank them personally. Another two workers, Mr Belal Md Shababuddin and Mr Khobir, were absent but they each received a thank-you gift.
Mr Nurnobi, who came from Bangladesh and has been working in Singapore for about five years, said his team were doing horticulture maintenance around the Yishun carpark when they saw the accident.
“A car drove very fast and suddenly crashed into two people. There were a lot of blood and one of them was stuck under the car tyre,” said the 25-year-old.
“We didn’t think too much and rushed over together to lift the car up to save the girl as we were afraid she might die.”
In a Facebook post on Feb 20, Mr Ng also complimented the workers for “helping to make Singapore a shining red dot”.
Ms Lim works as an administrative staff at a tuition centre. After the accident, the mother of three took two months of unpaid leave to care for her mother and Kaelyn. Her mother still has difficulty taking showers and putting on clothes on her own as she cannot lift her arms.
“It was a difficult period as I had to settle all the housework and meals but things are a little bit better now.
My sister will also occasionally come over to care of the kids and help out with other duties,” she said.
She is grateful that Mr Ng sought financial assistance for her when she was on no-pay leave.
She is still trying to seek compensation from the driver, who was eight months pregnant at the time of the accident.
Ms Lim would also like to thank two helpful passers-by whom she did not manage to locate.
“Both of them stayed with my mother and daughter during the accident.
One of them held my daughter’s hand throughout to reassure her while the other helped to stop my mum’s bleeding,” she said.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
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