Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Poly student dies in accident that almost severes leg

SINGAPORE - He left the shop to deliver what would have been his last pizza order for the night. But Mr Muhammad Amirulhayat Mahadi never got to deliver it.

The 21-year-old student was killed after the Domino's Pizza motorcycle he was riding was hit by a white Mazda RX8 sports car at the intersection of Sembawang Road and Yishun Avenue 5 on Thursday night.

The red motorcycle was completely wrecked, lying crushed below the car, while Mr Amirulhayat's body lay about 10m away.

The storage compartment containing the pizzas was knocked loose and landed on a pedestrian walkway. Blood was splattered over the twisted front of the car and its front windscreen was cracked.
The police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) received calls about the accident at about 9.30pm.

Dead at the scene 

When paramedics arrived, they pronounced Mr Amirulhayat dead at the scene.

About an hour later, his family and friends arrived at the scene after being informed of the tragedy.

Overwhelmed with grief on seeing his younger brother's lifeless body, Mr Mahadir Mahadi, 24, kicked the debris from the accident and shouted: "Who is the driver?"

Two police officers and two passers-by rushed forward to restrain him while asking him to control himself.

He struggled in their grasp, demanding that he be allowed to see the Mazda driver, until his friend came forward to console him.

Mr Amirulhayat was a third-year student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, taking a diploma course in multimedia and animation.

He had taken a part-time job as a delivery rider for Domino's Pizza to earn extra money.

His father, Mr Mahadi Timan, 52, who went to the scene that night, told The New Paper that his son was about to make a legal U-turn in the other direction of Sembawang Road to make his delivery.

It was then that the Mazda collided into the motorbike, causing Mr Amirulhayat to be flung about 10m, he said.

An uncle, Mr Khairudin Timan, told TNP that he was in disbelief when he got to the scene at almost midnight.

"His body was still lying on the road when I got there, and I could see his injuries even though it was quite dark. It was really sad for all of us who were there," he said.

Emotions ran high among his family and friends, with many crying when they saw his body.

Mr Mahadi said that his son's leg was almost severed. He said: "The impact had to be very strong because his leg was very badly injured and his body was flung quite a distance from the bike.

"Plus, the damage of the bike and car was terrible... The car's airbags had inflated as well."

Mr Mahadi said they had to be very careful and delicate in preparing his son's body for the funeral as they did not want to cause more damage to the leg.

The police arrested the Mazda driver for causing death by reckless or dangerous driving.

The driver, who is in his 30s, told Chinese newspaper Lianhe Wanbao that when the accident happened, the traffic light at the intersection was green in his favour.

"When I passed the traffic light, there was a sudden flash of light in front of me. I then heard a loud crash and immediately stopped the car," he said.

He said that it was only then that he realised that his windscreen had cracked and that his car's airbags had been activated.

When he got out of the car, he was shocked to see a body covered with blood lying nearby. If convicted of causing death by reckless or dangerous driving, he could face jail for up to five years.
Police investigations are ongoing.

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