Teen given 6-month probation for crashing e-scooter into woman

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PHOTO: Getty Images

SINGAPORE — A teen e-scooter rider who collided into a 55-year-old woman while riding above the speed limit was given a six-month probation period on Tuesday (10 December).

Skye Lee Shi Jia, who was also riding a non-compliant e-scooter, was additionally placed on a time curfew and ordered to serve 100 hours of community service. His parents were also placed on a $5,000 bond to ensure their son’s good behaviour.

Then a 16-year-old student, Lee had been working part-time delivering pizza on his e-scooter when the accident occured on 23 May 2018. He pleaded guilty in an earlier hearing to one count of committing a negligent act which endangered the safety of Toh Meng Wan.

Lee, who turned 18 on Tuesday, also had a charge related to his non-complaint e-scooter taken into consideration for his sentencing. The e-scooter measured 740 millimetres, which exceeded the width limit of 700 millimetres set out in the Active Mobility Regulations 2018. The device was forfeited to the police for disposal after the hearing concluded.

In sentencing Lee, District Judge Eddy Tham noted that Lee’s probation report had mentioned several factors in favour of Lee, including his cooperation with the police. The judge said that he agreed with the prosecution to place the youth on probation instead of sentencing him to a fine or a jail term.

Rode above speed limit

On the day of the incident, at about 6pm, Lee was riding the e-scooter along a footpath near Block 137 Teck Whye Lane, the same time Toh was walking along a nearby footpath.

Lee was riding at a speed of about 20 kmh, which is above the speed limit of 15 kmh. He did not slow down as he approached a junction, even though his view was obstructed, and was unable to stop when he saw Toh at the junction.

The subsequent collision caused Toh to fall and knock her head on the floor. Upon seeing Toh’s bleeding head, Lee attended to her by applying pressure on her wound in an attempt to stop her bleeding.

Toh was later brought to Ng Teng Fong Hospital where she was found with a four-centimetre laceration on the back of her head, which required three stitches. She also suffered from bruises on her head, arm and ankle.

Lee fully restituted Toh’s medical fees, which amounted to $488.01.

For his charge, he could have been jailed up to six months, or fined up to $2,500, or both.

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