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Malaysian born scientist dies while cycling in the United Kingdom

Dr Ling was born in Malaysia in 1986 before moving to London in 1991 with her parents and older sister.

A 35-year-old Malaysian born scientist, Dr Ling Felce died in a road traffic collision in Oxford on Tuesday, BBC reported.

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According to the English daily, Dr Ling Felce (nee Suet Ling Wong) was cycling around St Clement’s Street in Oxford in the afternoon and collided with a reckless lorry driver.

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Dr Ling Felce. Photo: Thames Valley Police

Oxford Mail reported that she suffered serious injuries and died at the scene following the collision.

Born in Malaysia

In a tribute released by Thamesvalley police, Dr Ling was born in Malaysia in 1986 before moving to London in 1991 with her parents and older sister.

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She then moved to Oxford to study Biochemistry and stayed there to continue her PhD studies in the department of Clinical Pharmacology.

Flower for dr ling felce
Flower left at the scene for Dr Ling. Photo: Oxford Mail

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

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

“She was the most caring and devoted mother there could be,” her family wrote in the tribute.

‘Selfless and caring’ scientist

Her colleagues also quoted by Oxford Mail where they all described how ‘selfless and caring Ling was’, adding that she was an extremely bright, friendly and optimistic person who brought joy to many.

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“We are all coming to terms with her death, and the fact that her children will grow up without their beloved mother.

Her mother, father and sister and the rest of her caring family in the UK, Malaysia, and Canada and beyond will dearly miss Ling.”

Ling’s husband, James, described her as the ‘light of their family’.

“We are devastated to lose so young when she had so many dreams for herself and her children that she was beginning to realise.”

“Her whole family loved and loves her desperately, and we will always keep her in our hearts,” he wrote.

Lorry driver charged in court

Meanwhile, the lorry driver, Robert Whiting, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous and careless driving, causing death by driving unlicensed and without insurance and driving whilst unfit through drugs.

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He appeared at the Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and was remanded in custody where he will next appear at the court again on 28 March.

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Cover Images via Thames Valley Police

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