A man who collects cardboard for a living was hit by a taxi at the junction of Yishun Avenue 3 and Sembawang Road at about 2.30pm on Thursday (Nov 3).
Mr Wong Kum Chew, 63, was crossing the road with his trolley when a taxi which was making a left turn, hit him. The impact left Mr Wong lying on the road near his trolley stacked with cardboards. He was covered with cuts, grazes and blood all over his body.
When passers by rushed to his aid, Mr Wong asked, “Where is my trolley? Where is my trolley? I have two packets of biscuits inside.”
A lady, Ms Irene Lim said it was heart-breaking to see Mr Wong in that state. A Singapore Armed Forces officer, Lieutenant Colonel (Dr) Timothy Teoh checked Mr Wong’s injuries and noted that nothing was fractured.
Mr Wong lives with his wife and son. His son is the family’s sole breadwinner and earns about $1,000 a month. Mr Wong earns $6 to $7 a day from collecting cardboards.
After Mr Wong was conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Ms Lim’s husband helped to push Mr Wong’s trolley back to his home.