Cyclist charged with causing death of elderly man at pedestrian crossing

SINGAPORE - A young cyclist was charged in court on Friday (Oct 27) with causing the death of a 73-year-old pedestrian by doing a rash act.

Khairul Hairuman, 19, is said to have cycled along Lorong Ah Soo at 5.21pm on April 13 when he caused the death of Mr Tong Cheng Poh at a pedestrian crossing.

The charge says that he failed to exercise caution when approaching the pedestrian crossing by riding in between lanes, and failed to conform to a red-light signal and keep a proper look, which resulted in his bicycle hitting Mr Tong, thus causing his death.

Khairul, who had no lawyer, indicated that he intends to plead guilty.

His case will be mentioned in a Community Court on Nov 14.

The maximum penalty for causing death by doing a rash act is five years' jail and a fine.