KUANTAN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A 59-year-old driver who was making a U-turn accidentally rammed the car into his wife who died hours later from her injuries.
According to The Star, the man, a Datuk Seri, was making a detour after exiting the guard house at the Bukit Istana residential area, where they lived, and heading towards Kuantan town on Thursday (July 28) night.
His 57-year-old wife, who was returning from a shopping trip with her son-in-law in another car, spotted her husband's Range Rover just as they reached the guard house.
She asked to be dropped off and then made a dash for her husband’s car as she wanted a lift.
However, she was hit as the Datuk Seri could not avoid her in time.
The victim was flung away and was left bleeding from the nose and mouth as well as suffering from broken bones.
She was rushed to a nearby medical centre by her husband and son-in-law but died a few hours later.
Both the victim and her husband were managing directors of a mining company.
"According to the witness statement, she was on her way to a religious programme at about 9pm on Thursday. She was already late so she tried to wave down her husband's car.
"However, her action was sudden and her husband did not see her as it was dark because the streetlights were blocked by trees," state Traffic Investigations and Enforcement Department chief Superintendent Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali said on Saturday.
He said a post-mortem conducted at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan showed that she died from head and chest injuries.
State police chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Sharifuddin Ab Ghani said the accident was due to carelessness and there was no criminal element.
He urged the public not to speculate about the tragedy.