A year on, widow of Penang hawker in freak incident avoids that road

A year on, widow of Penang hawker in freak incident avoids that road
Lee serving a customer at her economy rice stall in Pulau Tikus.

GEORGE TOWN - Ever since her husband was killed in a freak incident in Macalister Road here last year, hawker Lee Chai Song has been avoiding using the road.

On that fateful June 13, Lim Chin Aik was on his way to pick up his daughter Huey Jiun from school when a thunderstorm hit the island at 7pm.

The 44-year-old was killed when a lightning arrester crashed down from the 21-storey Menara Umno building onto his car.

His remains were never reco­vered. A closed-circuit television camera recording showed a big concrete chunk falling onto the rear of his car and crushing the vehicle into the ground.

"I still feel the pain whenever the incident is mentioned. The thought of losing him is too much to bear," said Lee. "That's why I try to avoid that road now."

The 49-year-old had since moved out of her late husband's house at Lim Jetty in Weld Quay here.

She now rents a place in Pulau Tikus with her children Chia Oon, 19, and Huey Jiun, 14.

Her eldest son Chia Yiang, 21, works as a chef at a restaurant in the Klang Valley.

"Chia Yiang started work about three months ago after completing his culinary course here.

"His father would have been proud of him," said the teary-eyed widow at her economy rice stall yesterday.

She said Lim was a great cook and the mainstay of the stall in a coffee shop in Pulau Tikus.

"I now operate the stall with a relative's help," she added.

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