MBS chef dies after falling off e-scooter at East Coast Park

Malaysian chef Lim Kian Yek was found unconscious at East Coast Park by a group of cyclists on Sept 23. PHOTO: YOUTUBE/KIAN YEK LIM

SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER) - A chef died last Friday (Sept 28) after falling off his e-scooter about a week ago.

Mr Lim Kian Yek, 23, a Malaysian chef working at Marina Bay Sands, was found unconscious at East Coast Park by a group of cyclists just past midnight on Sept 23. It is not known why or how he fell.

Police were informed at about 1am of "an accident involving a personal mobility device (PMD) at East Coast Park", a police spokesman said.

"The rider, a 23-year-old man, was unconscious when conveyed to Changi General Hospital where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries," added the spokesman.

The police have classified the case as unnatural death and are investigating.

The New Paper understands that no witnesses of the accident have come forward. There are also no cameras where he fell.

Some members of the public, including cyclists, only saw Mr Lim unconscious on the path near the F1 carpark.

According to Chinese evening daily Shin Min Daily News, there was no blood at the scene.

Shin Min reported that the 23-year-old man was a recent university graduate who had rented a flat in Bedok North with his family about six months ago.

At the wake near the home in Bedok North Road on Sunday evening, family members urged witnesses to come forward.

Mr Lim was cremated on Monday afternoon (Oct 1).

A spokesman for Marina Bay Sands said: "Lim Kian Yek has been working with Marina Bay Sands since June 2016. We are saddened by his sudden passing and extend our deepest condolences to his family."

There have been at least two other cases of people dying after falling off their PMDs here.

In November 2015, a 38-year-old French national who worked as a chiropractor died after falling off an electric skateboard at the Green Connecting Bridge along East Coast Park Service Road near Fort Road.

In March 2016, a 22-year-old man who worked at an e-scooter shop died after falling off an e-scooter after crossing the same bridge.

Last month, it was announced that the speed limit for PMDs and bicycles on footpaths will be lowered to 10kmh from 15kmh starting next year.

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