Taxi driver in hit-and-run accident identified

Ms Elise Tay was jogging when she was hit at the junction of Jalan Bukit Merah and Kampong Bahru road on Monday night by the Trans-Cab taxi, which was making a right turn at the junction while the green man was flashing in her favour.
Ms Elise Tay was jogging when she was hit at the junction of Jalan Bukit Merah and Kampong Bahru road on Monday night by the Trans-Cab taxi, which was making a right turn at the junction while the green man was flashing in her favour.PHOTO: COURTESY OF DAVID TEO

Trans-Cab driver, who was not named, says he did not realise that he had hit someone

A taxi driver involved in a hit-and-run accident in Jalan Bukit Merah on Monday night has been identified.

In a Facebook post yesterday, the victim, Ms Elise Tay, said that Trans-Cab - the taxi company for which the driver works - had found the driver who allegedly drove off after hitting her at a junction.

The 27-year-old wrote: "I was told that he was very apologetic and that when the accident happened, he didn't know that he'd hit someone. It was only after he realised that his side mirror was flipped that he thought maybe he had hit something (or) someone and he drove back to see what (or) who he'd hit."

Ms Tay, a marketing assistant manager, had posted a video clip of the accident on Facebook on Tuesday and appealed for information on the accident. The video in the post was taken by another driver on the opposite side of the road and was shared more than 5,600 times.

She was jogging at the junction of Jalan Bukit Merah and Kampong Bahru road, when the green man was flashing in her favour. But a taxi which was turning right did not stop, and hit her. It did not stop after the accident. The incident left Ms Tay with a head injury, bruised ribs and cuts on her arms. She was hospitalised for a day, and is now on medical leave.

She told The Straits Times yesterday that she doubted that the driver did not see her after the accident.

"I re-watched the original clip so many times and the sound of impact was so loud, it's really hard to miss," she said. "It's not money I want from him, I just need him to be responsible for this."

A Trans-Cab spokesman confirmed that the driver had been identified, using its GPS tracker. It declined to reveal his identity.

"We will see the outcome of the investigations from Traffic Police before deciding on what to do next," she said, adding that Trans-Cab would arrange for its insurance company to contact Ms Tay about compensation.

Police investigations are ongoing.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 09, 2015, with the headline 'Taxi driver in hit-and-run accident identified'. Print Edition | Subscribe