e-scooter expert dies after riding accident

A well-liked and expert user of the electric scooter died of brain injuries in an "unfortunate misadventure" in March, the coroner has found.

Mr Sam Koh Guo Cong, 22, was not wearing a helmet when he fell from his e-scooter in East Coast Park at about 1 am on March 19.

He died in hospital the next day without regaining consciousness.

Yesterday, State Coroner Marvin Bay echoed remarks he had made in a similar case - that of Mr Matthieu Thomas Maugueret, who died after a fall from an electric skateboard last November - when he urged users of powered personal mobility devices to wear safety equipment.

"Notably, Mr Thomas was a novice on his electric skateboard, while Mr Koh, who had logged over a year on his electric scooter, had still met with a similar mishap," said Mr Bay.

Mr Koh worked for PassionGadgets as a sales assistant and was popular among its customers. He was an e-scooter expert who also rode and repaired such devices.

He and two friends were riding on a cycling track when he fell. None of them wore protective gear.The lighting was dim, but their scooters had headlamps.

In expressing his condolences to Mr Koh's family, Mr Bay acknowledged their generosity in donating his organs. "From the gifts of his heart, liver and kidneys, Mr Koh would have impacted and changed the lives of individuals afflicted with organ dysfunction or failure, who would otherwise be without hope of living a normal life.

"It may be of some comfort to his family to know that Mr Koh's memory will live on in the gratitude of the persons who have received his priceless gifts of life and restoration."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 07, 2016, with the headline 'e-scooter expert dies after riding accident'. Print Edition | Subscribe