JOHOR BARU - A decision to jaywalk across a busy road to withdraw her welfare department money turned tragic for a woman and her year-old nephew she was carrying.
The toddler died on the spot after being hit by a three-tonne lorry in Jalan Bakar Batu-Permas here.
The lorry, which was carrying medical supplies to the city centre, hit Suhaila Shaharudin, 41, and Muhammad Qayyum Mohd Saffari at around 10am yesterday, causing the toddler to be flung several metres from the arms of his aunt where he landed on a road divider.
Suhaila, who was severely injured, was carrying Muhammad Qayyum to an ATM at a nearby petrol station to withdraw money.
Despite the pedestrian bridge nearby, Suhaila chose to cross the busy road used by many heavy vehicles, cars and motorcycles.
The victim's grandmother, Salbiah Kamrin, 63, said she had left Muhammad Qayyum under the care of one of her sons who had just returned from work at their home in the Sri Stulang flats here.
"I left my grandson as my daughter was about to give birth in Kampung Senibong nearby.
"I thought that he would be in the good hands of his uncle and aunt.
"But, my joy of getting a new grandchild turned into tragedy as God had taken him from me," she said at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital here yesterday.
She added that Suhaila would always carry the toddler to a nearby park or eat at the stalls every evening.
The child's parents Arba'ayah Shaharudin, 31, and Mohd Saffari Mat Piah, 34, were too distraught to talk when met at the hospital.
Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh said the child died at the scene due to severe injuries while the woman was warded at the hospital's intensive care unit.
"There is a pedestrian bridge located less than 20m from where the accident happened and I urge the public to use it when crossing the road," he said.