Pregnant woman dies after bus hits her on Bendemeer Road

Pregnant woman dies after bus hits her on Bendemeer Road
Mr Nimit Shah is devastated by his wife’s death. His mother-in-law is in the background.

He stood beside the casket holding the body of his late pregnant wife.

Mr Nimit Shah, 29, was a picture of devastation - unkempt hair, untrimmed beard and bloodshot eyes from crying over the past week.

Then, he gently placed both hands on her abdomen, thinking about the happy past and what could have been the future.

"All the sweet, happy memories. There are no words, there are no words," he told The New Paper yesterday.

Last Tuesday, his wife - six months pregnant with their first child - was hit by a double-decker SBS bus near their home at the junction of Bendemeer Road and Whampoa East.

Mrs Payal Shah, 29, was walking home from the family doctor when she was hit at the bus lane at around 3pm.

BRIDGE & CROSSING

There is a pedestrian bridge about 100m away and a traffic light crossing about 200m away, but she did not use them.

But she was not jaywalking as she had crossed the road at a point where the nearest pedestrian crossing was more than 50m away.

During the crash, her head hit the front windshield and her body went under the front of the bus.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said she was not trapped by the bus and was carried out on a stretcher. She was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital unconscious.

Mr Shah, an Indian national who works in IT, said: "I wanted to check what the family doctor had told her because she had complained about pain in her ears. I called her from work. No one picked up."

He tried five more times until a stranger answered and told him to go to Bendemeer Road as his wife had been in an accident.

He rushed to the scene, but Mrs Shah was no longer there.

Mr Shah then went to the hospital, where he told the doctors: "She's the priority."

The next day, the doctors told him that their child, a boy, was gone.

"Please save the mother," he begged them.

On Saturday, they told him that things did not look good for Mrs Shah. She had multiple brain injuries.

"Nothing had improved since the accident. We called doctors in other countries. They told us we could do nothing. Nothing," he said outside the funeral parlour at Geylang Bahru yesterday.

He then broke down in tears, saying: "I made a decision - the hardest decision of my life. I told doctors to turn off her life support." The couple had made grand plans for after the birth of their son, whom they wanted to raise here before sending him to be schooled in India.

A holiday in London was in the pipeline to celebrate his birth. There were also plans to buy a new home here.

They had met in an arranged marriage in 2008 in their hometown in Vadodara, in Gujarat, India.

Said Mr Shah: "She was nice, honest and trustworthy."

In 2011, they came to Singapore to work and settled into their rented home at Block 43, Bendemeer Road.

She worked as a restaurant manager before switching jobs to become a service consultant.

In May, they found out she was pregnant.

"We were just starting our life. With the child and our jobs, this were our happiest moments."

He said softly: "It's all gone now. I've been robbed of my happiness."

He plans to take his wife's body back to their hometown to be buried. "I still haven't decided what to do after that," he said.

Mr Shah said his wife did not use the overhead bridge as she would have to go a long way.

"We always crossed over there (where the accident happened), just like so many people. I didn't think it would be risky."

A police spokesman said Mrs Shah's death has been classified as unnatural and is under investigation. No one has been arrested.

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