Taxi driver allegedly drove off after hitting 11-year-old boy

SINGAPORE - Housewife Chandralega Sandragesan was about to head home from Choa Chu Kang Polyclinic last Friday (April 1) when a taxi struck her youngest son and drove off.

The impact flung Thivakar Alivaran, 11, two to three metres across the road. The primary school student had gone to the other side of the road to try and flag a cab, and was crossing back when the accident happened.

"I thought he was dead," said Madam Chandralega, 43. "I heard a loud bang and saw my son flying diagonally across the road."

With her one-month-old granddaughter in her arms, she ran to Thivakar's motionless body and shouted at him to wake up.

"Thankfully, he did," she said.

Thivakar's sister, Mrs Nagarani Mathyalakan, 19, ran to the Prime taxi and rained punches on the driver's window, shouting at him to get out of the car.

Mrs Nagarani, who had gone to the polyclinic with her family for her daughter's medical appointment, said: "I wanted him to take responsibility for his actions."

But she claimed the driver, who had a passenger, wound down his window, took a peek at her brother and drove off.

The family boarded another taxi and rushed to KK Hospital, where Thivakar had been hospitalised since Friday for a hairline fracture on his right ankle.

Madam Chandralega said she was so badly frightened that she fainted on the way.

Thivakar is expected to be discharged today. When the Straits Times visited him at the hospital yesterday, he looked tired and complained of a bump at the back of his head, as well as numbness and pain in his left thigh and spine.

Madam Chandralega said: "He cries whenever I leave his side, so I am here from 10am to 1.30am for the past three days taking care of my son and my granddaughter."

Since Friday, Thivakar said that he has problems falling asleep and has been unable to forget the harrowing episode. He also claimed that he is afraid to take taxis and does not want to visit the polyclinic anymore.

"We are still trying to figure out how to get him home (without a taxi) after he is discharged," said his brother, Mr Nagarajan Mathyalakan, 21, a tattoo artist.

A spokesman for Prime Taxi said that the company is investigating the case, but declined to comment further. Police said investigations are ongoing.