Cyclist in coma, son escapes with minor injuries after car knocks into them

KUCHING: A vegetable seller was left in a coma while his teenage son was lucky to escape with minor injuries after they were struck by a car while cycling to a market early yesterday.

The incident happened around 3.30am when the 46-year-old man and his 16-year-old son were on their way from their Kampung Tabuan Melayu house to sell vegetables at a market in Tabuan Laru.

According to sources, a car struck the boy’s mountain bike from the rear, which sent him flying to the side of the road, before slamming into the father, who was in front of his son.

The father, who sustained serious head injuries, was immediately sent by the car driver to a private hospital for treatment, while the son was sent in an ambulance to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

The former was transferred to SGH a few hours later and admitted to the Red Zone where he remained unconscious.

In another incident, a 55-year-old bachelor from Sibu died of a suspected heart attack after he collapsed while waiting for medication at a private clinic yesterday.

The deceased, identified as Kabong Kudi, had driven himself to the 24-hour clinic in Satok around 4.30am seeking treatment for chest pains.

Following a checkup, he went to collect some medicine from the dispensary but collapsed unconscious on the floor.

The doctor immediately called for an ambulance from SGH, but paramedics who attended to him pronounced him dead despite several resuscitation attempts.

Police have classified the case as sudden death.

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