Gan Lian Min, 70-years-old, was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment on 11 February for driving his lorry without due care and causing the death of Ms Or Cheng Khim, 52-years-old.
He had failed to notice Ms Or (who was on the way home to celebrate her son’s O-level results after buying sushi to surprise him) crossing the road and crashed into her – she later passed away from her head injuries in hospital 3 days later.
Gan has also been disqualified from driving – he is banned from holding or obtaining all classes of driving licenses for 8 years after his prison release.
Ms Or, who worked as a pre-school teacher’s assistant, bought some sushi and was on her way home on 12 January 2021 at about 8.30pm, to surprise her son to celebrate his O Level results, when she was tragically knocked down by Gan’s lorry.
The incident happened at the junction of Yung Kuang Road and Yuan Ching Road, Jurong West.
Gan was scanning for oncoming traffic before making a right turn, and he had slowed down but didn’t stop; at the same time, Ms Or was crossing the road, resulting in the lorry crashing into her.
It was also raining at the time but visibility was assessed to have been fair nevertheless.
Gan then called the police and Ms Or was then conveyed to the hospital, where she later succumbed to her head injuries and passed away on 15 January.
Images source: Ms Or Cheng Khim’s Facebook and Google Maps