A 39-year-old woman died shielding her 3-year-old toddler from a fall after getting flung from a car during an accident while the family of five were travelling on the SLE.
The tragedy happened on Sunday (Jun 18) at around 1.50pm on the SLE towards BKE, close to the exit of the TPE, reports Shin Min Daily News via Lianhe Zaobao.
The woman is survived by her 37-year-old husband and three sons the couple had, aged three, seven, and 10.
A 64-year-old cabby told reporters that he had stumbled upon the incident as he was sending a passenger to Woodlands, with the dashboard camera on his taxi recording down the entire process.
In the footage provided by the witness, the deceased's husband was seen driving in a silver 7-seater behind another black car.
The driver of the black car then jammed on his brakes, causing the 7-seater to swerve to the left in order to avoid a collision, resulting in it crashing into a barrier along the expressway instead, narrowly missing a motorcyclist who was riding on the leftmost lane.
The impact of the crash was so large that the deceased's vehicle was tossed into the air, turning 360 degrees before landing, with debris scattered across the road.
The deceased's husband told reporters that he and his family were on their way to VivoCity Shopping Centre when the accident happened.
He said: "I was worried that we would kill or injure the motorcyclist on the leftmost lane and tried my best to avoid colliding into him."
"It was fortunate our vehicle didn't hit him."
He recounted that their eldest son had sat in the front seat, with his wife, carrying their youngest son seated directly behind him.
Their middle child was seated behind the deceased's husband who was driving.
After the accident, he saw his wife lying on the road shoulder, and his youngest son on a grass patch a short distance away.
The heartbroken man lamented: "During the accident, she (my wife) held onto our youngest son so tightly…"
The couple had been married for more than a decade, and according to the deceased's husband, she was an understanding wife and good mother.
He clarified: "She took care of everything in the house and sent our kids to school every day."
"She also helped me out with my administrative matters so I can focus on my work."
"I feel helpless losing her just so suddenly."
Police when inquired, have confirmed that the accident took place and that investigations are ongoing.