Cyclist in intensive care after hit-and-run accident

A CYCLIST is in intensive care, possibly with spinal injuries and a blood clot in her brain, after a hit-and-run accident in Mandai Road on Tuesday night.

Madam Rosnah Rauaeewas riding towards Yishun Avenue when a black Honda Accord apparently hit the clinic assistant, but did not stop.

The police have classified the case as a hit-and-run, and confirmed last night that a 38-year-old male driver is assisting with their investigations.

The Straits Times understands he is a serviceman from the navy.

The incident took place on Tuesday at about 9.30pm, said eyewitness Esther Lim, who was driving along the same road.

"Suddenly, I heard a loud bang and saw a woman and her bike in the air but the Honda in front of me continued moving, so I went after it," said Miss Lim.

She tried to signal the man behind the wheel to stop by turning on her car's high-beam and honking at him. When that failed, the 24-year-old overtook the driver and tried to get him to stop again.

"Then he overtook me and drove off," she said.

But, when Miss Lim stopped at a bus stop to call the police, the Honda reappeared.

The driver, who was about 1.7m tall and wearing a blue camouflage uniform, got out of his car when Miss Lim approached him.

She noticed that part of the Honda's windscreen was damaged.

"He denied having hit anyone, despite me telling him that the left side of his windscreen was shattered," she said.

"He then suggested that we return to the accident site, but instead of making a U-turn, he just drove away."

One of Madam Rosnah's friends, who had cycled ahead, said she turned back after a driver alerted her to the incident.

The 42-year-old, who wanted to be known only as Joanna, found Madam Rosnah curled up and motionless on a grass verge.

Madam Rosnah, who is in her 40s, was riding along the popular cycling route that night with a group of friends.

The mother of two was still conscious when an ambulance arrived and took her to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, where she remains in intensive care.

joycel@sph.com.sg