E-scooter rider pleads guilty to causing death of elderly cyclist in Bedok, looking at 3 months jail

His e-scooter weighed 44.2kg.

Belmont Lay | May 04, 2021, 04:57 PM

An e-scooter rider could be jailed some three months after he pleaded guilty on May 4 to causing the death of an elderly cyclist in 2019.

Hung Kee Boon, 22, a Malaysian and Singapore permanent resident, had faced several charges by performing a rash act.

He also admitted to one count of riding a non-compliant personal mobility device (PMD), which is an offence under the Active Mobility Act.

One other charge for riding an unregistered PMD will be taken into consideration during sentencing.

The incident

Ong Bee Eng, 64, a logistics assistant packer, died following the incident at around 10.20pm on Sept. 21, 2019.

The elderly woman was at the time riding her bicycle across a cycling path towards a nearby zebra crossing near Block 539 Bedok North Street 3.

Hung was riding an e-scooter on the cycling path.

Hung collided with Ong after failing to avoid her.

Ong was flung onto the ground.

She was attended to by passers-by.

The accident left her unconscious and bleeding from her head.

Both of them were taken to hospital.

Ong was later found to have suffered various injuries, including to her brain and face.

She slipped into a coma and died four days later.

Hung's e-scooter broke law

Hung was estimated to have been going at speeds of between 27kmh and 43kmh.

The speed limit on cycling paths is 25kmh.

Hung's e-scooter weighed 44.2kg and had a 725mm-long handle bar.

The Land Transport Authority said Hung's device should not have been used on public paths as it exceeded the prescribed weight and width limit.

To be sentenced soon

The Deputy Public Prosecutor told the court to jail Hung for at least three months.

Hung's lawyers asked for probation.

Hung is expected to be sentenced on May 20.

For causing death by a rash act, the penalty can be a jail term of up to five years or fined, or both.

Offenders guilty of riding a non-compliant PMD on a public path can be jailed for up to three months or fined up to S$5,000, or both.