Thursday, May 5, 2011

Good Samaritan dies of infection

Good Samaritan dies of infection
The Star/Asia News Network
Sat, Apr 23, 2011

[Photo: Mr Zainal Md Yusoff, a 45-year-old fruit seller, in the hospital. Mr Zainal and his wife Rosamiah Hashim, 38, were involved in a traffice accident in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, when a car suddenly overtook theirs in the fast lane. Lorry driver Ong Kim Koon, 52, who was helping the couple and was hit by another car as he was rescuing one of the victims. Mr Ong left leg was amputated to prevent serious infection.]
KUALA LUMPUR: Good Samaritan Ong Kim Koon, who was hit by an MPV while rescuing a couple involved in a traffic accident here 11 days ago, has died of infection.
Ong was hit by the MPV while trying to save Zainal Md Yusoff, 45, and Rosamiah Hashim, 38, who were involved in an accident along Middle Ring Road 2 near Tesco Ampang on April 11.
His right leg, which was crushed after being hit by the MPV, was amputated on the day of the accident.
Doctors were planning to surgically remove his broken left leg, which had became infected, but that was postponed as his condition was too weak.
His eldest son, Kah Hui, 27, said his father passed away at around 12.15am yesterday.
"My father had been in an induced coma since the accident as doctors feared he would not be able to withstand the tremendous pain from his injuries," he said.
Kah Hui said his family had been by his father's side, constantly talking to him despite his condition.
"We were all hoping for him to make a miraculous recovery, but he died without regaining consciousness," he said, adding that his father's condition became critical at about 9.15pm on Thursday.
Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Amiruddin Jamaluddin said police have almost completed the investigation into the fatal accident and would be submitting the papers to the public prosecutors soon.
"The case is being investigated under Section 41 of the Penal Code for reckless driving," he said.
Ong was driving home towards Pandan Mewah at 1am when he saw Zainal and Rosamiah, who were in a Perodua Viva, involved in an accident with a Toyota Vios.
He stopped to help the couple who were trapped in their mangled car. He managed to pull Rosamiah and was trying to rescue Zainal when he was hit by a Toyota Estima MPV.

-The Star/Asia News Network

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