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Malaysian-Born Scientist Killed In A Horrific Traffic Collision In England

35-year-old Dr Ling Felce was playing a leading role in the establishment of a new institute within the University of Oxford, England.

Cover image via Oxford Mail

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Recently, a lorry collided with a cyclist in Oxford, England.

The cyclist, a Malaysian-born scientist, suffered serious injuries and died at the scene following the collision on Tuesday, 1 March.

The Malaysian-born woman was trapped beneath the tipper lorry at the roundabout junction of St Clement's Street and The Plain in Oxford at about 14:35pm UK time, according to Oxford Mail.

The lorry driver, age 39, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed limit of a drug and causing death by driving unlicensed.

The victim, age 35, was a leading scientist, who was born in Malaysia in 1986 and moved to London in 1991 with her parents and older sister, the UK's national broadcaster BBC reported yesterday, 5 March.

Dr Ling Felce's husband described her as "the light", who "will live on through the love she has given" to the family and to so many others

She leaves behind her two children, aged three and five, and her husband of eight years, James.

"Ling was the light of our family and we are devastated to lose her so young when she had so many dreams for herself and her children that she was beginning to realise. I am lost without her warm presence, but she will live on through the love that she has given to us and to so many others. Her whole family loved and loves her desperately, and we will always keep her in our hearts," James said, adding that her mother, father, sister, and the rest of the caring family in the UK, Canada, and Malaysia will dearly miss Ling.

Dr Ling Felce.

Image via Oxford Mail

She had moved to Oxford in 2005 to study biochemistry, then stayed there to do a PhD in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology

During her time there, she represented the university in both the rugby union and rugby league.

Ling worked for the university as a research scientist since finishing her PhD in 2013 and most recently researched the details of the immune response against COVID-19 and against cancer.

According to the University of Oxford, she was a highly promising young scientist who was taking a leading role in the establishment of a new institute based within the university.

Described as an extremely bright, friendly, and optimistic person, her colleagues are considering how best to remember the 35-year-old as part of the new institute, reported Oxford Mail.

Meanwhile, the driver appeared in court on Thursday, 3 March

Robert Whiting was charged with causing death by careless driving whilst unfit through drugs. He has also been charged with causing death by driving unlicensed and without insurance.

He was remanded in custody and will next appear at Oxford Crown Court on 28 March.

Flowers were left at the scene of the fatal crash for Dr Ling Felce.

Image via Oxford Mail

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