The mother of the two boys involved in the gruesome accident on Monday identified their bodies Tuesday morning. She arrived at the mortuary just before 8am surrounded by a group of relatives, friends, and a man who is believed to be her husband.
After identifying the bodies, she emerged from the viewing gallery in tears, and had to be helped up. Members of her group waved reporters off when approached. Most of them left shortly after.
The two brothers, 13 and seven, who were on a bicycle, were killed after being hit by a cement truck at the junction of Tampines Ave 9 and Tampines Street 45 on Monday evening. The Singapore Civil Defence Force found them dead at the scene.
According to The New Paper, the older victim is understood to be Nigel Yap who studied at Tampines North Primary school before moving to Springfield Secondary School.
A 56-year-old Singaporean driver had been arrested for causing death by a rash act. Photographs of the accident have been circulating online, leading to calls from Members of Parliament and netizens to be more sensitive and stop posting the photographs.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat wrote on his Facebook page that he was very saddened by the incident and conveyed his deepest condolences to the family.
He added that the police would investigate this thoroughly and schools will step up road safety education and work with the police and the Land Transport Authority on further measures to enhance safety.
"Let us be sensitive and respectful, and not circulate photos about the accident. Let us give our thoughts and support to the family in this very difficult time," he wrote early Tuesday morning.