Channel 8 star Rui En involved in accident: Manager says it was a case of misjudgment

Rui En (far left) in front of the black BMW. In the foreground is the motorcycle that was knocked over. PHOTOS: LIANHE WANBAO READER, WANBAO
A photo from the scene of an alleged accident involving television star Rui En. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
A photo from the scene of an alleged accident involving television star Rui En. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE - Television star Rui En is assisting the police with investigations into an accident involving her car and a stationary motorcycle, her manager has confirmed.

The incident occurred at around 4.10pm on Tuesday (April 12), when she was returning home and was driving into the carpark located at her block.

"Due to some misjudgment, she accidentally knocked over a stationary motorcycle," Zing Lee, artiste manager for Hype Records, said in a media statement.

"No other driver and no one was hit or involved in the incident."

To avoid any congestion from oncoming traffic, Rui En wanted to park her vehicle before addressing the matter but was stopped by the owner of the motorcycle, Hype records said, adding that the carpark is where she parks her vehicle every day.

"She had no intentions of ignoring or even running away from her responsibility," the statement added.

However, the owner, who was named as Mr Bahrom Sarmiten by Lianhe Wanbao in a report on Wednesday (April 13), was very angry and reported the incident to the police, it said.

"Understandably, the owner of the motorcycle was upset and unfortunately, her intentions to position her vehicle in a safe area were mistaken."

As with most reported cases, the police will look into the matter and reply upon their investigation, the statement said.

In response to media queries, the police confirmed that an accident involving a car and a stationery motorcycle was reported at a carpark near Block 331, Clementi Avenue 2, on Tuesday at 4.16pm.

"The 35-year-old female driver is currently assisting with investigations," they told The Straits Times.

In a report earlier on Wednesday Lianhe Wanbao said that Mr Bahrom, the 52-year-old owner of the motorcycle, was walking to the carpark when he heard a loud noise and found that his bike had been hit by a BMW, which he said seemed to be out of control and was driven onto a kerb.

"I didn't want the driver to run away, so I quickly rushed to stop the car. I also knocked on the window and told her not to move," he told the evening paper.

He told the paper that the driver tried to shield her face, before she put on a pair of sunglasses and emerged from the car.

According to him, she smelled of alcohol and the first thing she said was: "Do you know who I am?"

He said: "I really didn't know who she was. But I thought, even if she's a minister's daughter, I don't care."

Later, a passer-by told him that the driver was a famous local actress.

Mr Bahrom said Rui En hoped to settle things privately and offered him $2,000 in cash. But he refused because he did not think it would cover the extensive damage to his bike.

The police arrived at the scene and gave Rui En a breathalyser test, before she was taken away in a police car, the Wanbao report said.

Additional reporting by Gwendoline Ng and Chew Hui Min

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