SINGAPORE – A truck driver accused of punching and killing a woman whose organs were later donated to five others was indicted by a court on Wednesday (November 10th).
Gan Lian Min, 69, reportedly drove recklessly or carelessly on January 12 this year at around 8:31 p.m., when he caused the collision along the unmarked T-junction of Yung Kuang Road and Yuan Ching Road in Jurong.
Gan is accused of failing to monitor properly while turning right, which resulted in a collision with pedestrian Or Cheng Kim, 52, who was crossing the road in front of his truck.
Gan is said to have caused Gold’s death by his actions. The Singaporean has received a charge under the Highway Traffic Act.
He is represented by attorney Clarence Lun of Fervent Chambers, who has requested time to review CCTV footage of the incident. He said Yahoo News Singapore that his client will plead guilty to the prosecution.
The case will be raised again on December 15. If convicted, Gan can be jailed for up to three years, or fined up to $ 10,000, or both.
According to media reports, Or was on her way home to celebrate her son’s O-level exam results with his family when the accident occurred. The teacher’s assistant was seriously injured and died two days later.
The family then decided to donate Gold’s organs, including his kidneys, liver and corneas.
Her son Ng Song Ching, aged 17 at the time, said his mother was a generous person who loved to help others and that organ donation would have been what she wanted, according to The New Paper.
Ou was also a freelance balloon sculptor who provided services to schools and private celebrations. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong offered his condolences in a letter to the family, saying he had met Gold twice when she helped build balloon walls for private events in 2018 and 2019.
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