Teen cyclist arrested over accident in Tampines

Madam Violet Poh is on life support at Changi General Hospital after the accident on Sunday night. She suffered trauma to the back of her head and is believed to have been hit from behind.
Madam Violet Poh is on life support at Changi General Hospital after the accident on Sunday night. She suffered trauma to the back of her head and is believed to have been hit from behind.PHOTO: COURTESY OF SHAWN TOH

Police have arrested a teenage cyclist suspected of riding into a pedestrian on the Tampines Park Connector on Sunday night, injuring her severely.

The 17-year-old was arrested for causing hurt by a negligent act, police said yesterday.

Madam Violet Poh, 60, is on life support at Changi General Hospital. Her son, Mr Shawn Toh, said she was brisk-walking on the shared path for joggers and cyclists and had no identification on her.

Her family called the police when she failed to return after several hours and were directed to Changi General Hospital, where she had been taken after a passer-by found her unconscious. Madam Poh suffered trauma to the back of her head and is believed to have been hit from behind. Doctors told Mr Toh she was not likely to survive. He has appealed for witnesses.

Mr Francis Chu, co-founder of enthusiast group Love Cycling SG, said cyclists need to slow to walking speed near pedestrians. "Before we allowed cyclists onto the pavement, pedestrians could walk around without serious incident," he said. "Cyclists have been granted the privilege of using this space and should respect its original users."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2018, with the headline 'Teen cyclist arrested over accident in Tampines'. Print Edition | Subscribe