Teenager admits to crashing into car at over 100kmh while driving in carpark

Herman Shi Ximu (pictured) pleaded guilty in court to causing grievous hurt to contractor Teong Hien Sing, 66, by performing the rash act at a surface carpark along Stadium Walk in Kallang at around 5.45pm on Aug 27, last year.
Herman Shi Ximu (pictured) pleaded guilty in court to causing grievous hurt to contractor Teong Hien Sing, 66, by performing the rash act at a surface carpark along Stadium Walk in Kallang at around 5.45pm on Aug 27, last year.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - A full-time national serviceman admitted in court on Wednesday (Oct 4) that he had been driving his Nissan GTR at a high speed near the Singapore Indoor Stadium last year when it hit a car, whose driver suffered broken ribs.

Herman Shi Ximu, now 19, pleaded guilty in court to causing grievous hurt to contractor Teong Hien Sing, 66, by performing the rash act at a surface carpark along Stadium Walk in Kallang at around 5.45pm on Aug 27, last year.

Shi, who received his driving licence on March 31, last year, had gone to a nearby motoring event earlier that day, the court heard.

At around 5.45pm, he stopped his Nissan GTR, which was registered under his name, at one end of the carpark before rapidly accelerating.

He then drove through a non-signalised junction at a high speed.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Soh Weiqi said: "At the second non-signalised junction within the carpark, the accused failed to stop at the stop line and he did not give way to the victim, who was travelling from his left to right."

She added that Mr Teong was then driving his Toyota Corolla and had the right of way when the teenager's car hit his vehicle.

According to a report from a Health Sciences Authority forensic scientist, Shi, who covered a distance of at least 72.2m, was driving at a speed of between 104kmh and 121kmh at that time.

Following the accident, Mr Teong went to Changi General Hospital later that day as he felt pain in his chest and neck.

X-rays revealed that he had two fractured ribs. He was given two weeks of medical leave.

He later went to Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre and an MRI scan of his spine on Sept 9, last year, showed degenerative changes.

Mr Teong had an MRI brain scan about a month later and doctors found that he had a subdural haematoma - a collection of blood between the covering of the brain and the brain surface.

He was admitted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital and had surgery to remove the haematoma. He was discharged on Oct 25, last year and given 32 days of medical leave.

DPP Soh urged District Judge May Mesenas to jail Shi for at least six weeks and disqualify him from driving for one and a half years.

She also said that according to a doctor, Mr Teong's head injury was likely caused by the collision between the two cars.

Shi, who was unrepresented, admitted he had made a mistake and that he had thought the carpark was empty.

He is now out on bail of $10,000 and will be back in court on Oct 17.

For causing grievous hurt by performing a rash act, he can be jailed for up to four years and fined up to $10,000.