Ex-Deliveroo rider given probation for crashing e-scooter into 3-year-old boy in Nex

Image of Nex mall from Google Street View
Image of Nex mall from Google Street View

SINGAPORE — A part-time food delivery rider who crashed his e-scooter into a three-year-old boy inside the Nex shopping mall in Serangoon was on Thursday (25 July) given one year’s probation.

Neo Jia Ming, 20, had pleaded guilty last month to causing hurt by a rash act endangering the personal safety of others.

His personal mobility device hit the child on the forehead on 18 March, causing the toddler to fall backwards and hit his head against the floor.

The boy was discharged from hospital later the same day without any major injuries.

Rode e-scooter along corridor inside mall

At the time of the offence, Neo was serving his full-time national service while also working part-time for Deliveroo.

The toddler was in a gift shop on the fourth floor of Nex with his father. The boy left the shop and walked towards his mother who was seated just outside.

Neo was riding his e-scooter along the corridor of the mall when the toddler walked into his path. He saw the child but could not stop in time.

“At the time of the collision, the area outside of the shop and its surrounding areas were crowded. There were many people walking to and fro,” said Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Lai.

After the accident, Neo stopped, dismounted his PMD, and gave the toddler’s mother his name and contact number before leaving the location to do a delivery.

The mother informed the mall’s security officer about the matter and was advised to make a police report. She did so later that night.

The boy suffered a bruise measuring 3cm by 3cm on his forehead. There was also mild tenderness on the back of his head.

As part of his sentence, Neo will have to perform 80 hours of community service and also remain indoors from 10pm to 6am daily.

The maximum penalty for causing hurt by a rash act endangering the personal safety of others is up to one year’s jail along with a fine of up to $5,000.

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