Woman's screams went unheard in lorry tragedy
A 73-YEAR-OLD woman's screams went unheard by a lorry driver who had knocked her down while reversing in a public carpark on Wednesday.
The driver continued reversing, killing her instantly.
Eyewitnesses told Lianhe Wanbao that Madam Lee Xia Lian had screamed loudly when the lorry first knocked her down near Block 303, Hougang Avenue 5, around noon.
Passers-by also shouted and gestured wildly at the driver to get his attention.
But the lorry, belonging to Coca-Cola Singapore Beverages, rolled over the woman's left arm, trapping her underneath. She died on the spot.
The driver stayed at the scene and was later arrested.
While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, he appeared distressed and borrowed a passer-by's umbrella to shield Madam Lee from the sun.
The New Paper reported that Coca-Cola Singapore Beverages is assisting the authorities with investigations.
The driver is understood to have worked for the company for about three years.
Relatives said Madam Lee had just taken her two grandchildren to school. They believe she was on her way home when she took a detour to buy groceries.
Fatalities from accidents involving heavy vehicles have been increasing. The number rose from 32 in 2012 to 44 last year.