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Fatal accident near school was 2nd involving a child this year

Published on Oct 13, 2012 6:00 AM
A car driving over a speed hump opposite Sembawang Primary School. Before Wednesday's accident in which a five-year-old girl died, an accident in the same area killed a nine-year-old boy in January. -- PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

The stretch of road where a five- year-old girl was killed in an accident on Wednesday was the scene of another accident in January which claimed a boy's life. Both accidents had taken place near Sembawang Primary School.

After the earlier accident, both the victim's father, 48-year-old stallholder Lee Nam Cheong, and MP Lim Wee Kiak of Nee Soon GRC made the call for more safety measures to be put in place along Sembawang Drive.

Responding yesterday to The Straits Times via e-mail, Dr Lim said he was "deeply saddened" to hear about the latest accident and would lobby for more measures to ensure the safety of all road users and pedestrians. These steps could include adding more road humps and installing speed cameras to deter speeding.

But for Mr Lee, who said he cannot get over the loss of his nine-year-old son Yu Heng, these measures should have come sooner.

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