KUALA LUMPUR - A cancer patient fainted and died while driving his wife and daughter to work and crashed his car into another.
Retired lorry driver Chat Yoon Nam, who had recovered from nose cancer two years ago, was driving along Jalan Kepong towards the city centre at about 8am yesterday when he told his wife that his hands were growing cold and numb.
"I told him to just shake his hands. He had suffered this since he was diagnosed five years ago but he recovered after chemotherapy in 2013," his wife told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
Chat, however, suddenly fainted, causing his Kenari to go out of control and hit the back of a Vios along the congested road.
KL staff officer for traffic investigation and regulation Deputy Supt Markandan Subramaniam said the driver of the Vios, Chat's wife and daughter were unhurt but the 58-year-old could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Chat did not suffer any bodily injuries so the crash did not cause his death. The family of the victim had said that he had been ill for sometime. A post-mortem is being done on the body at HKL," he said.
Chat's daughter, who declined to be named, said her father found out last month that his cancer had recurred and had spread to his brain.
He was admitted to HKL for a computerised tomography scan three days before the accident.
"He was always stubborn about his cancer. We would tell him to rest but he didn't want to let it affect his life and remained active," she said.