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Woman, 29, killed by SBS bus making right-hand turn

She went out on her own for lunch on Thursday afternoon.

When Ms Winny Pratiwi, 29, did not return to the office hours later, her worried colleagues called her mobile phone multiple times, but there was no answer.

Later on, they were shocked to get a call informing them that Ms Pratiwi had met with an accident about 200m from their office, said her colleague at World Scientific Publishing.

The colleague, who declined to be named, told Lianhe Wanbao that some of them rushed to the scene, but Ms Pratiwi's body was no longer there.

Ms Pratiwi had been waiting to cross the road at a traffic junction around 12.30pm when she was hit by an SBS Transit bus making a right turn from Toh Tuck Link into Toh Tuck Avenue, reported the Chinese evening paper.

Her body was caught under the bus, which reportedly drove on for about 6m after hitting her. The bus stopped only when its left wheel hit the kerb.

Ms Pratiwi, a permanent resident from Indonesia, was an assistant manager at World Scientific Publishing. She had injuries on the right side of her back, her arm and right eye, reported Wanbao.

Her blue handbag and black shoes were found at a nearby grass patch.

The police said they received a call at 12.31pm about an accident involving a bus and a pedestrian at Toh Tuck Avenue.

The driver (above) has been arrested. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

The victim was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene and a bus driver in his 50s was arrested for causing death by a rash act.

Police investigations are ongoing.

Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported that about 10 of the victim's relatives turned up at the mortuary yesterday morning to identify the body.

Ms Pratiwi's mother, who went there with her luggage, declined to speak to reporters. It is believed that she flew in yesterday morning from Indonesia.

IN TEARS

She was visibly distressed and in tears and had to be physically supported by relatives.

Ms Pratiwi's aunt told Shin Min that Ms Pratiwi and her sister shared a home in Jurong West and that the rest of their family are in Indonesia.

The editor-in-chief of World Scientific Publishing, Professor Phua Kok Khoo, told Wanbao over the phone that Ms Pratiwi, who had worked there for three years, was a good performer.

"She was a hard-working and efficient worker. We were always able to trust that she could handle tasks well," Prof Phua said.


"She was a hardworking and efficient worker. We were always able to trust that she could handle tasks well."

- Professor Phua Kok Khoo, editor-in-chief of World Scientific Publishing, where Ms Winny Pratiwi worked

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