Husband unable to save wife from semi-trailer crash



Suheir Ahmed


It happened too fast for Abdulmunim Khalil to react.


Before he could reach out to grab his wife, a semi-trailer came barrelling onto the sidewalk at Warden and Lawrence avenues on Wednesday afternoon. It smashed a bus shelter, crushing Suheir Ahmed, 28.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

“He saw his wife being killed and he couldn’t do anything to stop it,” Adil Saddiq, a family friend, said yesterday, his voice cracking as he lifted his hands over his eyes.

“It was fast,” he said. “He looked up and couldn’t find Suheir.”

The couple and their 11-month-old son, Momein Khalil, were passing by the bus shelter after visiting a nearby health ministry office. Khalil arrived two weeks ago from Sudan, friends and cousins said, and the family was there to renew their health cards.

Around 4 p.m., they planned to head across the street to catch the southbound bus to Ahmed’s sister’s house near Warden Avenue and St. Clair Avenue East, where they were living temporarily.

Khalil stopped for a moment near the northbound stop and picked up his son, who was crying. Seconds later, the rig collided with two vans, then plowed through the intersection, which is considered the sixth worst in Ward 37, according to local city Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37, Scarborough Centre). Momein’s stroller was crushed beneath the tractor-trailer’s wheels.

“I can’t believe it,” Saddiq said. “She was such a beautiful lady. She came here for a better life.”

Eight people were injured, police said yesterday, including a mother of two, who was driving a minivan. She remains in hospital in critical condition.