SINGAPORE — He was a part-time food delivery rider who was riding an e-scooter inside the Nex mall when he hit a three-year-old boy.
On Thursday (27 June), Neo Jia Ming, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of doing a rash act that endangered the personal safety of the toddler. The full-time National Serviceman was previously working for food delivery company Deliveroo.
The toddler was in a gift shop on the fourth floor of Nex with his father just prior to the incident on 18 March this year. He left the shop and walked towards his mother who was seated outside.
Neo was riding his e-scooter along the corridor of the mall when the toddler walked into his path. He could not stop in time and collided into the toddler, knocking into his forehead and causing him to fall backwards. The boy hit his head against the floor.
“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.
Neo dismounted from his e-scooter and gave the toddler’s mother his name and contact number before continuing his delivery.
The mother informed the mall’s security officer about the incident and was advised to file a police report. She did so later that night.
The boy sustained a 3cm by 3cm bruise on his forehead from the incident. He also felt tenderness on the back of his head.
District Judge May Mesenas called for a probation suitability report and adjourned the case to 25 July.
For endangering a person’s safety due to a rash act, Neo faces up to a jail term of up to a year, or a fine of $5,000, or both.
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