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by chan li leen
Caleb (right) and Elynn waiting to claim the bodies of their parents at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital mortuary in Ipoh.
IPOH: University student Lee Elynn would not have been able to see her parents one last time yesterday if her classes had not been cancelled.
The 21-year-old said she usually only came home once a month from Kuala Lumpur, where she was studying.
“It so happened that my classes were cancelled and I came back to Ipoh on Wednesday,” she said.
“I was trying to catch a few more hours of sleep before my 9am train back to Kuala Lumpur when my phone rang.
“A voice on the other end told me that my parents had been hit by a car while jogging. He was actually telling me that they had died,” she said at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital mortuary here where she waited to claim the bodies yesterday.
Her parents – rubber factory maintenance manager Lee Woon Bin, 51, and Teh Siew Choo, 47, an employee of a concrete manufacturer – were on their regular Sunday morning jog along Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah when a car ploughed into them at 6.30am.
Lee died on the spot as a result of serious head injuries after the couple was hit from behind. Teh was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.
Elynn’s brother, Lee Caleb, 18, said their parents were avid runners, who had joined a running club last year.
“It’s so surreal that they are gone. I thought my father was pulling a prank on me when we got the phone call to say that he and mum had met with an accident,” he said.
It is believed that during the incident, the couple had parked their car at the D.R. Seenivasagam Park and were jogging towards the Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreational Park (Polo Ground).
Other joggers taking the same route discovered Teh lying unconscious by the side of the road before stumbling upon Lee’s body in front of the Perak Shooting Club.
Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong said the driver of the car, a 30-year-old man, was believed to have lost control of his vehicle and ploughed into the couple as he was driving home from work.
“He was unhurt and later lodged a police report over the incident,” he said.
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