Suk Yin Cheng, an aspiring fashion designer terrified she would lose the love of her life to an arranged marriage killed herself by stepping in front of a lorry. She left a note on her iPod expressing her distress at the fact her boyfriend of two years, Kahil Mohammad, could be forced to marry another woman on religious grounds.
Believing she would be unable to cope in that circumstance, the 20-year-old walked into the path of a speeding HGV - minutes after phoning Mr Mohammad to tell him: 'I love you. I'm doing this for you.' Speaking at a hearing into her death yesterday, Mr Mohammad insisted his girlfriend appeared to be 'happy' when they were together for what proved to be the final time on July 1 last year, hours before the tragedy.
After leaving his company, Miss Cheng - known as Caley by her family - headed to the busy A38 dual carriageway instead of going home. Following her brief phone call to Mr Mohammad, she walked directly into the path of a passing lorry, the impact killing her instantly.
Pictured: Where she pulled into a lay-by. She made phone call to Mr Mohammed at around 12.15am before stepping out in front of a passing HGV at around 12.40 am.
The hearing into her death was told she died of multiple injuries after being struck at Clay Mills, near Burton, Staffordshire, in the early hours of July 2. In the note left on her iPod, Miss Cheng stressed that the fact her boyfriend was potentially going to be subject to an arranged marriage had left her distressed and depressed.
In a statement to the police, Mr Mohammad explained that he and Miss Cheng were 'inseparable' and he wanted to marry her. At the inquest, Pc Carl Matthew, the investigating officer from Staffordshire Police, said when Miss Cheng's phone was recovered, they could see she had spoken to her friends via social media about her concerns over the arranged marriage.
But Mr Mohammad, 22, said an arranged marriage had not been discussed on the evening before Miss Cheng's death. The hearing at Burton Town Hall was told Miss Cheng died at 12.40am when she was hit by the lorry.
South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh concluded that she had 'committed suicide while distressed'. He said: 'Having heard the evidence, I am satisfied that the loss of Mr Mohammad to an arranged marriage to someone else was an ongoing concern to Caley.
'In a distressed state, she has deliberately walked out in front of a heavy goods vehicle with the intention of killing herself and she has done so.' The inquest heard Miss Cheng did not have any diagnosed physical or mental health problems and was not intoxicated when she died.
After the hearing, her family said they could not believe she would do something like this as she was such an optimistic girl. Her uncle, Michael Cheng, 48, told how she had dreamed of becoming a fashion designer, but had taken a year out to experience the world of work.
He said: 'Caley was a warm-hearted person and a family girl. She had a good sense of fashion and was a positive girl and an optimist. 'It is still very hard to believe she would do this in this way as it is so unlike her. 'Everyone from the family will remember her and love her always.'
Very Sad...Sad for the driver and her family. I will do anything for love, but not this. I love my life.