S'porean loses husband in Thai cycling accident: How am I to raise 16-month-old son alone?

S'porean loses husband in Thai cycling accident: How am I to raise 16-month-old son alone?
REMEMBRANCE: Members of the cycling community in Thailand holding a ceremony at the spot where Mr Francisco Villa Honorato was killed.

What she remembers most from that fateful day was the blistering heat they were cycling in.

After that, things became a blur, as a pickup truck rammed into the bicycles she and her husband were riding, changing everything forever.

It happened on Feb 21, while Singaporean Jennel Ng, 39, her Chilean husband, and 16-month-old son were on a cycling trip in Northeast Thailand.

They were riding on Mittraphap Road in Bua Lai district when tragedy struck.

"I lost consciousness, and when I woke up moments later, I was in the middle of the road and all my belongings were scattered on the road.

"I also felt extreme pain in my left leg," said Madam Ng, speaking to The New Paper via Skype from her hospital bed in Thailand.

In spite of the pain, her immediate thoughts went to her son, Lukas, and her husband, Mr Francisco Villa Honotaro.

Little Lukas had been travelling in a mini carriage attached to her husband's bicycle.

Madam Ng had been riding in front of her husband, on her own bicycle.

"(After the accident happened), I saw a bystander carrying Lukas and he showed me that apart from a few bruises, my son was okay," said Madam Ng, who used to teach at Bukit Panjang Government High School.

"Next I thought, 'where is my husband?'"

It was a question she did not get an answer to until much later.

Madam Ng and her family were taken to the nearby Bua Yai Hospital, almost 400km from Bangkok.

But no one told her what had happened to her husband, increasing her anxiety.

"I thought, 'maybe he is paralysed and in a coma, that is why I haven't seen him'," she said.

But the reality was even grimmer.

"A doctor came into (my room) and told me that he died on the spot from a brain haemorrhage," said Madam Ng, who had suffered a broken fibula and ankle.

"I sort of paused and then I just cried," she said.

Her only consolation was that Lukas had emerged from the accident with only some minor bruises, thanks to the baby car seat attached securely inside the carriage pulled along by her husband.

Madam Ng, who is still recovering from her injuries at the hospital, said that the days after the accident were traumatic, and not just because of her injuries and grief.

She had to make arrangements for the funeral while fielding questions on the accident from Thai police.

Thai newspaper Bangkok Post reported that the pickup truck driver had been charged with reckless driving resulting in death and injury.

"My elderly parents wanted to come up (to Thailand), but I told them not to because I did not want to trouble them," she said.

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