Boy, 6, hit by car while cutting across road on kick scooter

A series of screengrabs from the dashcam footage, posted on Facebook, that shows the boy being hit. The boy is seen crying on the road, while a woman runs towards him. He was taken conscious to National University Hospital.
A series of screengrabs from the dashcam footage, posted on Facebook, that shows the boy being hit. The boy is seen crying on the road, while a woman runs towards him. He was taken conscious to National University Hospital.SCREENGRAB: ROADS.SG/ FACEBOOK
A series of screengrabs from the dashcam footage, posted on Facebook, that shows the boy being hit. The boy is seen crying on the road, while a woman runs towards him. He was taken conscious to National University Hospital.
A series of screengrabs from the dashcam footage, posted on Facebook, that shows the boy being hit. The boy is seen crying on the road, while a woman runs towards him. He was taken conscious to National University Hospital.SCREENGRAB: ROADS.SG/ FACEBOOK
A series of screengrabs from the dashcam footage, posted on Facebook, that shows the boy being hit. The boy is seen crying on the road, while a woman runs towards him. He was taken conscious to National University Hospital.
A series of screengrabs from the dashcam footage, posted on Facebook, that shows the boy being hit. The boy is seen crying on the road, while a woman runs towards him. He was taken conscious to National University Hospital.SCREENGRAB: ROADS.SG/ FACEBOOK

A six-year-old boy was sent flying in Leedon Road on Tuesday afternoon, after a car hit him while he was on his kick scooter.

The boy was then seen crying on the road in a video which captured the incident, while a woman ran towards him. He was taken conscious to National University Hospital.

In a dashcam video submitted to the Facebook page of road safety interest group Roads.sg by the driver, identified as Mr Ethan Wang, the boy could be seen riding on the left side of the road, before suddenly cutting across the road. The car failed to brake in time and hit him, sending him and the scooter flying.

Mr Wang told The Straits Times he was driving home from his camp in Clementi when it happened. He said he did not see the boy because of the colour of the boy's clothes and the angle from which he approached.

Mr Wang, who declined to reveal his age and occupation, said the boy's mother had been riding on another scooter on the other side of the road. He immediately called for an ambulance.

"I was quite scared for a whole hour after that, as I nearly ran over a boy. If I was going faster and hadn't braked in time, I would have gone over him," he said, adding that he hopes there will be more education on the safe use of personal mobility devices.

The police were alerted to the accident at 4.40pm and the Singapore Civil Defence Force sent an ambulance to the scene. Police investigations are ongoing.

Mr Wang told The Straits Times he was driving home from his camp in Clementi when it happened. He said he did not see the boy because of the colour of the boy's clothes and the angle from which he approached.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2017, with the headline 'Boy, 6, hit by car while cutting across road on kick scooter'. Print Edition | Subscribe