Taxi driver caused fatal accident after blacking out when tumour in his liver ruptured

This incident happened on March 22, 2019. This is the findings at the inquiry on Wednesday (Sept 18), State Coroner Kamala Ponnampalam found her death to be “an unfortunate traffic misadventure”.

She said Mr How, 72, was also taken to NUH and a scan showed he had a ruptured tumour.

Mr How Yuen Fah’s taxi was travelling towards Jalan Bukit Merah before hitting at least three pedestrians who were crossing the road at a traffic light which was then showing the green man signal.

One of them, Madam Tng Yew Huay, 66, was taken to the National University Hospital (NUH) where she died of a head injury.  The other pedestrians survived.

The state coroner added: “The doctor who treated him clarified that the tumour rupture caused severe bleeding into the involved party’s abdomen and a loss of blood flow to his brain.

“The doctor also clarified that this caused the transient period of loss of consciousness. Based on the evidence uncovered, there is no basis to suspect foul play.”

He was driving along Queensway before the junction of Jalan Bukit Merah when he came to a stop as the traffic lights had turned red. The cabby recalled signalling right before he fell unconscious. When he regained consciousness, he heard the front seat passenger… shouting at him. Mr How felt pain to the right side of his stomach. He subsequently realised that his taxi’s windscreen was cracked, that his vehicle was already at the junction of Alexandra Road, and he was unaware that a collision had occurred.

He and Madam Tng were taken to NUH where she died about two hours later.

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