Sister of Thomson Road accident victim seeks eyewitnesses

The appeal for eyewitnesses (above) to the Dec 17 incident leading to the death of 58-year-old Mr Quek Chin Chong.
The appeal for eyewitnesses (above) to the Dec 17 incident leading to the death of 58-year-old Mr Quek Chin Chong.PHOTOS: STOMP
The appeal for eyewitnesses (above) to the Dec 17 incident leading to the death of 58-year-old Mr Quek Chin Chong. -- PHOTO: STOMP
The appeal for eyewitnesses (above) to the Dec 17 incident leading to the death of 58-year-old Mr Quek Chin Chong. -- PHOTO: STOMP

The younger sister of a cyclist who was killed in an accident last week has launched an appeal for eyewitnesses.

The Straits Times understands that coffeeshop assistant Quek Chin Chong was cycling home from work along Thomson Road on Dec 17 when he was knocked down by a car at 11.59pm near the junction of Andrew Road.

The 58-year-old was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital and was pronounced dead about five hours later.

On Monday, his sister, who wanted to be known only as Ms Quek, posted the appeal for witnesses to the accident on citizen journalism website Stomp.

Some of her friends and relatives have been circulating the same appeal via text messaging, online forums and social media.

"It's a shocking thing. We went to the hospital and within two hours, he was dead," a sobbing Ms Quek told The Straits Times in a phone interview yesterday.

The fourth of eight children, Mr Quek, who lived in Braddell Hill, leaves behind his 86-year-old mother and siblings.

In her Stomp post, Ms Quek added that her mother "is devastated and unable to come to terms with his death".

She described her older brother as a "simple and hardworking man".

The driver of the car, a 57-year-old man, was later arrested for alleged drink driving, and police investigations are ongoing.

Separately, a 35-year-old woman has been arrested for alleged drink driving after knocking into three vehicles while trying to park her car at the open-air carpark of Block 393, Yishun Avenue 6.

Construction worker R. Raja said that at about 4.45pm on Monday, he and his colleague had just parked their company's lorry and van, respectively, when the woman arrived in her car, and collided into both vehicles while attempting to park. She also knocked into another vehicle before stepping out of her car.

"I went up to her to ask for her details, but she yelled 'Don't talk to me' and ran up the staircase of the block," said Mr R. Raja, 25.

His colleague gave chase while he called the police.

"Even when the police came she didn't listen. She kept shouting 'I'm not drinking, I'm not driving'," he said. "At first there were two policemen, but later about 20 of them came to handle her."

No one was injured in the incident, but the van's left bumper was damaged and the front of the lorry was scratched. The Straits Times understands that the third vehicle was also scratched. Police investigations are ongoing.

yeosamjo@sph.com.sg