SMRT cabby arrested after 53-year-old pedestrian killed in Boon Keng Road accident

The victim, a 53-year-old man, was found lying motionless. He was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene, police said.
The victim, a 53-year-old man, was found lying motionless. He was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene, police said.PHOTO: STOMP

SINGAPORE - A 45-year-old SMRT taxi driver was arrested after a fatal accident in Boon Keng Road on Saturday night (April 14).

The police, who were alerted to the accident at about 9.30pm, said that the man was arrested for causing death by a negligent act.

The victim, a 53-year-old man, was found lying motionless. He was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene, police said.

The Straits Times understands that the driver was turning into Boon Keng Road - in the direction of Towner Road - when he hit the man, who was crossing the road at a traffic junction.

Photos sent to citizen journalism website Stomp show a blue tent at the side of the road, with several police officers at the scene. An SMRT taxi was parked along the road.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, SMRT vice president of corporate communications Margaret Teo confirmed that the accident involved one of its taxi drivers.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the accident, and are reaching out to the family of the victim to provide assistance as best we can during this difficult period," she said. "We are also extending our full cooperation to the police in their investigations into the accident."

Police investigations are ongoing.