Teen e-scooter rider admits knocking over woman

Derrick Gan Zhong Kang pleaded guilty in a district court to causing hurt to Ms Daisy Lim by riding in a negligent manner and could face jail and a fine when he is sentenced next month.
Derrick Gan Zhong Kang pleaded guilty in a district court to causing hurt to Ms Daisy Lim by riding in a negligent manner and could face jail and a fine when he is sentenced next month.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - A teenager was giving his girlfriend a ride on his electronic scooter when he decided to overtake a fellow rider.

As he did so, Derrick Gan Zhong Kang knocked into pedestrian Ms Daisy Lim, 56, leaving her covered in cuts.

On Tuesday (July 24), the 19-year-old pleaded guilty in a district court to causing hurt to Ms Lim by riding in a negligent manner and could face jail and a fine when he is sentenced next month.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Wen Shan said that Gan was riding his device on the pavement at around 10.45am on March 16 when he overtook another e-scooter while approaching the back gate of Yishun Emerald condominium in Canberra Drive, Sembawang.

Ms Lim was stepping through the gate at the time.

DPP Tan said: "The accused did not manage to activate the brakes of the electronic scooter and did not slow the electronic scooter down in time.

"The accused failed to keep a proper lookout for the victim and the electronic scooter collided into the victim. The victim fell down as a result."

Ms Lim was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and given five days of medical leave.

Gan, who was unrepresented, asked District Judge Eddy Tham to give him another chance.

The teenager said he does not wish to go to jail and is willing to compensate Ms Lim.

The amount was not stated in court documents and Gan is expected to be sentenced on Aug 7.

On May 1 this year, new laws governing the use of personal mobility devices such as e-scooters were introduced.

As part of the Active Mobility Act, power-assisted bicycles are not allowed on footpaths, while e-scooters are banned on public roads.

The speed limits are 15kmh on footpaths and 25kmh on park connectors and shared paths.

First-time offenders who flout the usage rules and speed limits may be fined up to $1,000 or jailed up to three months, or both.

Gan could be jailed for up to six months and fined up to $2,500.