SEA Games medallist dies in crash
A 26-YEAR-OLD, who was on Singapore's SEA Games bronze-winning softball team, died in a motorcycle accident in Johor early on Tuesday morning.
The mishap occurred in the wee hours along the North-South Expressway, near Kluang district, Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday.
Leonard Sim played for the national softball team that clinched bronze in the 2011 and 2007 SEA Games.
He was riding a motorbike alongside a friend, Lee Renyuan, 24, when tragedy struck.
Kluang district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Laham told Wanbao that Mr Sim had been riding back to Singapore when he suddenly collided into Mr Lee's motorcycle.
Both were flung onto the road. Mr Sim is believed to have suffered severe trauma to the head and died on the spot.
Mr Lee received minor injuries.
Investigations showed that the weather and visibility on the road were good.
Mr Sim had gone to Penang with a few friends on Saturday morning for an opening ceremony, his brother, Jiansheng, 25, told Wanbao.
As he had to work on Tuesday, Mr Sim had planned to return to Singapore with Mr Lee.
Mr Sim's girlfriend of five years was in Indonesia when the accident occurred and flew back to Singapore.
The 25-year-old analyst told Shin Min Daily News in a report yesterday that the pair had been house-hunting.
She said Mr Sim had loved her very much and that they were planning for the future.
"At least the accident happened only when he was returning to Singapore, and he already had a good trip," she added, choking back tears.
Mr Sim is said to have been very sociable.
On Tuesday, before his body arrived at the funeral hall, there were more than 300 friends and relatives gathered.
Mr Lee apologised profusely to the family.
"He blames himself for my brother's death, and thinks that he could have done more," Mr Sim's brother told Wanbao.
"But we all know that there was nothing he could have done, and we don't blame him."
Mr Lee had met Mr Sim through a bikers' group whose members often rode to Malaysia.
Mr Sim was an experienced motorcyclist, said his sister. The family are all motorbike fans.
His brother said the police suspected that the motorbike could have been hit by a car prior to the accident.
Mr Sim was a jovial and filial son, his father told Shin Min.
"Now that he's gone, I'm really heartbroken. But this is life and you can't blame anyone," he said.
This is the third fatal accident in Malaysia involving Singaporeans in the past week.
On Saturday, Ng Kai Jie, 22, died after the rental car he was driving crashed into a lorry.
On Monday, Noraripen Surni, 48, died after a crash involving three motorcycles in Johor.