Driver who knocked down e-scooter rider fined $2.5k

Simon Chua Heng Huat had not slowed down or kept a proper lookout for people at the zebra crossing, noted the judge.
Simon Chua Heng Huat had not slowed down or kept a proper lookout for people at the zebra crossing, noted the judge.

A man was fined $2,500 yesterday after pleading guilty to knocking down a personal mobility device rider with his car.

Simon Chua Heng Huat, 52, was also disqualified from driving for 11 months.

The court heard that Chua was driving along Upper Paya Lebar Road on June 14, 2019. His wife was in the passenger seat beside him.

He made a left turn into a slip road towards Upper Serangoon Road but did not slow down. His car then collided with the victim, who was riding his e-scooter along the zebra crossing of the slip road.

A video clip of the accident was played in court and showed the rider being flung to the ground.

The victim was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital and given hospitalisation leave of 17 days.

He was later found to have poor short-term memory and had difficulty in focusing after the accident.

A medical report from the National Neuroscience Institute states that these symptoms are consistent with mild traumatic brain injury.

The court heard that the victim has since recovered from his injuries. Chua and his wife were not hurt in the accident.

His lawyer, Mr Raphael Louis, said in mitigation that his client had rendered assistance to the victim after the accident.

He also offered to compensate the victim's family from his own pocket, but they turned his offer down, added the lawyer.

In sentencing Chua, District Judge Teoh Ai Lin noted that he was remorseful and had a clean driving record before the accident. But she said Chua had not slowed down or kept a proper lookout for people at the zebra crossing, which was what he was required to do.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2021, with the headline 'Driver who knocked down e-scooter rider fined $2.5k'. Subscribe