17-year-old falls to death from 4th storey of carpark

A father spoke of his grief last night after his son fell four storeys to his death from a carpark.

Student Sean Lin En Wei, 17, is believed to have been tinkering with his bicycle at Block 625A, Senja Road in Bukit Panjang before Friday night's tragedy.

His father Lin Leong Chong, 50, told The Straits Times it had been an "accident", despite there being metre-high railings around the multi-storey carpark near his home.

By the time he heard about it, his son had already died in the hospital. "It was so sudden. We can't accept it," said Mr Lin.

The Jurong Junior College student had left home at 8pm after dinner with his family, including his mother, 51, and his elder sister, 20.

A police spokesman said they received a call at 9.24pm requesting assistance along Senja Road. On arrival they found a man laying motionless on the ground. He was taken unconscious to the National University Hospital, where he died, added the spokesman.

Police are investigating the incident and treating it as an unnatural death.

When The Straits Times visited the teenager's wake, it was full of his friends who had gone to pay their respects.

Mr Lin, a store owner, said Sean loved playing sports, particularly basketball. He was the captain of the basketball squad at his school.

He said: "He was always good with people. Many of his friends came to his wake... he would have been so happy to see them.

"He touched a lot of lives. As parents, we're proud of him. Even though his life was short, he lived it to the full."


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