Mother, son on way to family breakfast before tragedy struck

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 October, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 October, 2002, 12:00am

The mother who was knocked down and killed by a lorry after pushing her three-year-old son out of the way yesterday was taking the boy for breakfast at her husband's cafe before disaster struck.

Kwok Ling-ling, 41, chased after son Ng Chun-yin after the boy ran on to the New Territories-bound lane of Ping Che Road at Ta Kwu Ling at about 10am, police said.

'The woman pushed her son away from the lorry to save his life before she was hit and run over by the vehicle,' Senior Inspector Leung Woon-cheung of New Territories North traffic unit said.

'Her son suffered minor injuries to his right arm and face in the incident. He was found crying on the roadside beside the lorry.'

Police said the driver of the lorry passed a breathalyser test.

Mr Leung said the woman lost her life to save her son and she was a 'great mother'.

He said police would inform the Social Welfare Department and officials would look into whether counselling would be offered to the boy. The woman also had a one-year-old daughter.

In the afternoon, her husband and relatives burned paper offerings at the scene of the accident.

Two pedestrian crossings are located about 100 metres on each side of the scene.

Mr Leung said the lorry had braked heavily but still rammed into the woman. It left a 20-metre-long skid mark. The lorry has been taken to a Kwai Shing government vehicle plant for examination.

He said police would look into whether the lorry was driving too fast. The speed limit in the area is 50km/h.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or has information should telephone the New Territories North traffic unit on 2677 6299.