E-scooter rider who hit man's leg from behind jailed 6 weeks

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SINGAPORE — A 28-year-old e-scooter rider was jailed six weeks on Tuesday (8 October) for colliding into a 53-year-old pedestrian, causing the victim to suffer from several leg injuries.

A Sujendran rode at a speed of 28kmh and did not slow down, even as he approached a lift landing.

He hit Mohamed Salam Kadir, who had just walked out from the ground floor staircase to the lift landing on 6 May last year.

Sujendran, a cleaner and part-time pump attendant, pleaded guilty to one count of causing grievous hurt to Salam, a bus captain, through a rash act by riding his e-scooter at an unsafe speed and failing to keep a proper lookout.

On 6 May last year, Sujendran finished his work at Seletar Bus Depot at about 2.30am before riding his e-scooter home at Yishun Street 22.

Between 3am and 3.15am, Sujendran arrived at Block 293 Yishun Street 22 and headed towards the McDonald’s outlet there. According to his speedometer, Sujendran was travelling at about 28kmh. As he headed towards a T-junction near the ground floor lift landing, Salam was walking perpendicularly to the rider’s direction.

At 3.15am, as Sujendran passed by McDonald’s, he failed to keep a proper lookout and reduce his speed even though there were pedestrians present, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Kong Kuek Foo.

When Sujendran saw Salam emerge from the ground floor staircase, he braked but still collided into the victim from the back. The e-scooter hit Salam’s right leg, causing him to fall backwards onto the ground. Salam was unable to stand due to the pain in his right leg.

Salam was later conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. A back slab was applied to Salam’s right leg and he was discharged with 15 days’ hospitalisation leave.

He visited a specialist on 21 May and was diagnosed with a right knee bruise with a possible fracture in his knee. He was given an additional 32 days of hospitalisation leave. Salam declined an MRI scan to evaluate his knee.

The back slab was removed in July and Salam made a complete recovery. In total, Salam incurred medical fees totalling $164.40.

According to the prosecution, the e-scooter, which weighed 26.62kg, is a non-compliant personal mobility device under the Active Mobility Regulations 2018, which stipulates that the maximum speed of a personal mobility device cannot exceed 25kmh, and that the weight of the device should not exceed 20kg.

For causing grievous hurt through a rash act, Sujendran could have been jailed up to four years, and/or fined $10,000.

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