Anger won’t bring her back, says husband of hit-and-run victim

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PETALING JAYA: Despite the extreme sadness of losing his wife and best friend of 34 years to a needless hit-and-run accident, the husband of Foo Swee Wah, 58, is determined to stay positive and harbours no anger towards the man who was responsible for her death.

In a report in the New Straits Times (NST), Foo’s 57-year-old husband said, “What is the point of being angry? Anger does not change anything as my wife is gone.”

On Thursday, Foo was mowed down by a 44-year-old motorcyclist at a pedestrian crossing in the Pulau Tikus suburb of George Town. The entire incident was captured by a dashboard camera of a car that had stopped at the crossing. Despite being rushed to hospital, Foo died later from her injuries.

The motorcyclist, who sped off, was detained by the authorities when he went to hospital to seek treatment for his injuries. The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

Taking a philosophical stand however, Foo’s husband said he hoped the accident would create greater awareness about the importance of road safety.

“We want to remain positive and would like her death to have a positive message by being instrumental in creating awareness about road safety.”

He also told the NST that he and Foo had only recently talked about death because of the festival of Cheng Beng.

“Last Monday, we were talking about death as Cheng Beng approached.

“I was saying that it seemed that our lifeline string was becoming loose and she talked about cremation and burial.

“We accept it as it is merely her physical body passing. Spiritually, she is still here with us,” the NST quoted him as saying at the Mount Erskine Funeral Parlour here yesterday.

He also related how he happened to be passing the very area where his wife had been hit just as the ambulance arrived.

“I held her close to me and spoke to her and I saw two teardrops rolling down her cheeks.

“I told her not to suffer by holding on,” the English daily quoted him as saying.

Foo’s youngest son, Cheah, 23, said his mother loved to walk and was always careful on the road. She also knew the road well as she frequently used it when she shopped at the market.

“At first, I was angry at the motorcyclist. But now, I will leave it to the law to punish him,” he said.

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