Teen who crashed speeding Nissan GT-R in car park jailed six weeks

Photo of the Nissan GT-R after the crash. (Photo: Singapore Police Force)

A full-time national serviceman who crashed his Nissan GT-R into another car and injured a driver while speeding in a car park was jailed six weeks on Tuesday (17 October).

Shi Ximu Herman, 19, will also be banned from driving for 18 months after his release, according to a report by Channel NewsAsia.

Shi had been charged with one count of causing grievous hurt by an act which endangered life or the personal safety of others. The driver of the other car, 66-year-old Teong Hien Sing, suffered two rib fractures, a spine injury and swelling in the brain as a result of the accident.

The court heard on 4 October that Shi was attending a motoring event, “Singapore Exotic Car Spotter”, at a car park along Stadium Walk on 27 August 2016, when the accident happened. Photographers who were at the event took photos and videos of cars such as the one driven by Shi.

Prior to the accident, the teenager drove to one end of the car park, before speeding at 120km/h through two non-signalised junctions.

Shi did the same again at the car park a while later. Teong, who was not involved in the event, was then driving his Toyota Corolla through the second non-signalised junction and had the right of way. Shi, however, failed to stop his Nissan GTR and crashed into the right side of Teong’s car.

Shi explained in court that some photographers had asked him to do a speed trial. He was supposed to drive past a group of photographers, but had somehow missed the turn and was looking out for them.

As a result, he failed to notice Teong’s Corolla, and when he did, he tried to jam the brakes but could not stop his car in time as “the speed was too fast”.

Shi, who had agreed to compensate Teong after the accident, had said that he was “traumatised” by the crash and has “a fear of driving at a high speed” now. He also said that he intends to give up his Nissan GTR.

The teen has a previous warning from authorities after being caught speeding on the Kallang-Paya Lebar expressway in July 2016, which happened four months after he obtained his driver’s license.

During sentencing, District Judge May Mesenas noted that there have been more cases of such driving offenders under the age of 30, and they should not be given just “a slap on the wrist”, according to the CNA report.

Shi, who is out on bail, will start serving his sentence on 1 December.

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