Man fined $4,000, banned for causing grievous hurt to his pillion rider

A motorcyclist, who caused grievous hurt to his girlfriend who was riding pillion, was fined $4,000 on Wednesday. Jeriel Lim Wei Hua, 21, was also banned from driving all vehicles for two years.

He admitted causing grievous hurt to his girlfriend, Ms Teo Wei Shan, 22, by doing an act so negligently as to endanger life along Lorong 6 Toa Payoh on July 4 last year. He was taking his girlfriend to Sengkang to meet her friends at about 4.55am that day when he failed to keep a proper control of his machine, causing it to skid. Both were flung off the motorcycle.

A court heard that as Lim approached a left bend along a slip road from Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, he misjudged the extent of the bend. When he realised it was in fact quite a sharp left bend, he tried to manoeuvre his motorcycle to negotiate it but failed. He also did not apply the brakes as the road surface was wet and slippery.

As a result, he lost control of the bike which skidded and hit a rail guard on the centre road divider. Ms Teo suffered a traumatic brain injury and was warded for about six months. Lim's injuries included pelvic fractures and a dislocated right knee. He could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000.