Delivery rider on e-scooter injures man

Jegatheswaran Kalaiselvan was zipping along a walkway when he failed to spot Mr Liaw Bok Chai, 75, coming down the stairs. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
Jegatheswaran Kalaiselvan was zipping along a walkway when he failed to spot Mr Liaw Bok Chai, 75, coming down the stairs. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A GrabFood delivery rider left an elderly man with a brain injury after piling into him on his e-scooter.

Jegatheswaran Kalaiselvan was zipping along a walkway near Block 152 Serangoon North Avenue 1 at around noon on Oct 21 last year when he failed to spot 75-year-old Liaw Bok Chai coming down a flight of stairs.

Mr Liaw was later found to have had bleeding in the brain and a fractured cheekbone, although he has since made a full recovery.

Jegatheswaran, 22, was sentenced to a seven-day short detention order yesterday for causing grievous hurt by riding the device in a negligent manner.

Under the order, offenders are put behind bars for a short time, but will not have a criminal record after their release.

Jegatheswaran was also ordered to perform 140 hours of community service within a year.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Chong Yonghui said that Jegatheswaran was unable to stop the e-scooter safely and it collided with the elderly man.

 

For causing grievous hurt due to negligence, Jegatheswaran could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to $5,000.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 17, 2019, with the headline 'Delivery rider on e-scooter injures man'. Print Edition | Subscribe