Motorcyclist dies after crashing into car door which 'opened suddenly' at traffic light

A motorcyclist died after he crashed into a car door that suddenly opened while the car was stopped at a traffic light on Feb 22, 2017.
A motorcyclist died after he crashed into a car door that suddenly opened while the car was stopped at a traffic light on Feb 22, 2017. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
A motorcyclist died after he rode into a car door that opened suddenly on Feb 22, 2017.
A motorcyclist died after he rode into a car door that opened suddenly on Feb 22, 2017.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
A motorcyclist died after he crashed into a car door that suddenly opened while the car was stopped at a traffic light on Feb 22, 2017.
A motorcyclist died after he crashed into a car door that suddenly opened while the car was stopped at a traffic light on Feb 22, 2017.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - A motorcyclist died after crashing into a car door which opened without warning in a road accident on Wednesday (Feb 22).

The accident happened at about 9.30pm at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 towards Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, police said.

Mr Ridzuan Abdul Latiff, 27, was unconscious when he was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The car had stopped at a traffic light and, for reasons unknown, a passenger sitting in the front seat of the car allegedly opened the door twice, Lianhe Wanbao reported.

Sales engineer Faizal Razali, 30, told The Straits Times he was driving past when he saw the motorcyclist "ricochet off" the car door. He said Mr Latiff was not going very fast and was filtering to the front of the traffic light in the centre lane when the car door opened. 

The impact caused him to be thrown into the air, along with his motorcycle. Mr Faizal, who is a former medic in the Singapore Civil Defence Force, told ST the motorcycle fell on Mr Latiff and he appeared to be suffering from a head injury.

Mr Faizal lifted the vehicle off the victim's leg. He also asked one of the passers-by to go to a nearby 24-hour clinic to get an automated external defibrillator but they did not have one. Mr Faizal then performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the victim.

"I was sad I was not able to save (him)," he said.

The passenger, a 34-year-old man, was arrested for causing death by a negligent act, police said.

Police investigations are ongoing.