A tragic accident reminds us why teaching road safety rules to your child is a must

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On Wednesday 9 December 2015, 8-year-old Galen Ong's young life was snatched away from him by a car accident, while crossing the road with his grandfather. His death is unbearably sad, but reminds parents why teaching their kids about road safety rule is of the utmost importance.

The New Paper recently reported the sad news of the death of eight-year-old Galen Ong Zi Jie who was involved in a fatal car accident on Wednesday 9 December.

The eight-year-old loved swimming and frequently visited the Delta Swimming Complex to enjoy this activity. It was on the way back home that fateful Wednesday that the accident occurred. The boy was with his grandfather at the time he was hit by a car.

Police stated that the accident happened around 6.50pm at Eu Tong Sen Street towards Hill Street.

According to reports, the pair had only been a short distance away from their home at Everton Park, when the accident happened and Galen was thrown about three metres away from the impact.

Below: Galen and his family in happier times. Image: Filton Ong’s Facebook

The heart-wrenching scene had the boy’s grandfather kneeling by the boy and calling out his name after the initial shock of losing track of his grandson.

The pair was brought to hospital where Galen’s father was reportedly told that his son had bleeding in the middle part of his brain, which controls most bodily functions, and that he was being kept alive by medication and machines.

The New Paper reports that by about 11pm, the Ongs made the difficult decision to stop treatment, and their son slipped away.

Police investigations into the accident are still ongoing.

While we do not know for certain the exact circumstances behind the accident, it’s a reminder — a very sad one no doubt — to refresh your child’s knowledge about road safety rules.

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