Hong Kong-born Thomas Wong struck by bin lorry on way to school in Edinburg

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Thomas Wong

5th March 2024 – (Edinburg) Thomas Wong, an 11-year-old boy hailing from a Hong Kong family, was killed in a collision with a bin lorry while cycling to school in Edinburg. The tragedy occurred on Whitehouse Road around 8.20am this past Friday, prompting an outpouring of grief and support for the family.

The young boy, described by his bereaved family as “the perfect son”, was cycling to Cramond Primary School when the incident unfolded. Police Scotland confirmed that Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene despite the rapid response of emergency services.

Thomas’s family, struggling with an unimaginable loss, issued a poignant statement through the police, expressing their devastation. “We are utterly heartbroken,” they said. “Thomas was not just the perfect son but also the best little brother and adored by all his family.”

The headteacher of Cramond Primary School, Helen Donaldson, remembered Thomas as a “positive, friendly, and curious” child, always seen with a smile on his face. “We are utterly devastated by the tragic news of the sudden death of one our pupils,” she stated, reflecting the sentiments of the school community.

Inspector Andrew Thomson of Police Scotland extended his thoughts to Thomas’s family and friends during this distressing time and assured them that specially trained officers are providing support. He also called for anyone with information, particularly those with CCTV or dashcam footage, to come forward to assist in the ongoing investigations.

The driver of the bin lorry involved in the incident was reported unharmed, and a full report is expected to be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

This incident marks the second such tragedy in Scotland this year, following the death of an 11-year-old girl in Edinburgh last month, who succumbed to injuries sustained after a bin lorry struck her in the Borders.