Man holds step-daughter tightly in final moments

Man holds step-daughter tightly in final moments
Ellyas and step-daughter Julia died after a passing car hit them in Johor Bahru.

JOHOR BAHRU - It was a heartwrenching scene with two accident victims lying on the road clutching each other.

Canteen cook Ellyas Salleh, 33, died on the spot after being knocked down by a car along Jalan Johor Baru-Kota Tinggi here at 5.50am yesterday.

He held on tightly to his four-year-old step-daughter Julia Alfiana Nasyirah Adi Kasumi, who died seve­ral hours later.

Ellyas' mother Zuraina Hashim, 50, said the two victims, along with her daughter-in-law Wati Damam, 29, were crossing the road to catch a taxi.

"Wati had crossed the road first and was just a few steps ahead when a car hit Ellyas and Julia.

"When Wati turned back to search for them, she saw them lying on the road with Ellyas tightly holding on to Julia," she said when met at the Hospital Sultanah Aminah mortuary here.

A neighbour of the victim, who wanted to be known only as Ridzuan, 44, said Ellyas had been a loving father to his three step-children.

"He always had a smile and would play with his kids, especially Julia, as she was the youngest of the siblings," he said, adding that the other two children were 10 and 12 years old.

Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh said the victims were crossing a four-junction road from Kampung Dato Sulaiman heading to Giant Extra Taman Suria when they here hit and landed about 5m away.

The 39-year-old driver of the car sustained hand injuries.

In Kota Kinabalu, two policemen and another person had a horrific accident when the car they were travelling in slammed into a lamp post in Kepayan late Saturday.

Kpl Juman Lah, who was the front passenger, died in the incident.

Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm M Chandra said Kpl Juman and the driver of the Perodua Alza were General Operations Force personnel based in Kinarut, about 25km from the city.

In Petaling Jaya, nine people were injured in a multi-vehicle collision along Jalan Batang Kali-Genting High­lands heading to Gohtong Jaya yesterday.

"The accident involved an express bus, Toyota Hilux and two Yamaha motorcycles," said Selangor Fire and Rescue Department operations director Mohd Sani Harul.

There were 24 passengers on the bus.

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