Ms Or Cheng Khim, 52, who wanted to surprise her son with the sushi, died after she was hit by a lorry at the junction of Yuan Ching Road and Yung Kuang Road in Jurong.
She was on the way home from work. She wanted to buy sushi, one of her son’s favourite food, to celebrate his achievement after qualified for the course he had set his heart on.
Before, her son had been fretting about failing his O-level examinations. But, he tried many times and he breezed through it.
And she never made it home for the celebration on Tuesday last week.
The pre-school teacher’s assistant was critically injured. She was taken unconscious in an ambulance to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, where she died two days later.
Ms Or’s son, Ng Song Ching, 17, told The New Paper at her wake yesterday: “When I realized my mother was late for dinner, I called her mobile phone. A doctor answered and told me that she was in the hospital. I was very shocked and scared.”
Song Ching and his 15-year-old sister then went to the hospital where they met their relatives.
Song Ching had wanted to discuss his future plans with his mother on the night of the accident.
“She was happy with my results. We thought I was not going to do well, but it was good enough for me to apply for the course I want.”
He said his mother had always given him the freedom to choose his own path in his education and would be happy as long as he was happy.
Ms Or’s younger sister, Ms Samantha Or, 42, said a scan had revealed severe swelling in the brain, and the doctor told the family – including their parents in their 70s – that she was in critical condition.
When asked, they agreed to donate Ms Or’s organs, including her kidneys, liver, and corneas.
Song Ching said: “This is something that we knew my mother would have wanted. She was a generous person who liked to help others.”
Recalling his mother fondly, Song Ching described her as an active person who loved nature and the outdoors.
The police said a 69-year-old male lorry driver had been arrested for careless driving causing death. Investigations are ongoing.