SINGAPORE – An e-scooter driver appeared in court Monday (November 11th) over his alleged involvement in an accident in Badok North that killed a rider in September.
Jung Ki Ki Boon, 20, is accused of causing the death of logistics assistant packer Ong Ben Eng, 65, by carrying out a rash.
He was also charged with two counts under the Active Mobility Act.
Madame Ong is believed to be the first death from collision with a Personal Mobility Device (PMD) on a public road here.
She was cycling to her home in Hai Chi Street around 10 pm on September 21 after attending an awakening when the accident happened.
She was unconscious when she was taken to Changi General Hospital.
Madame Ong suffered severe brain damage, as well as fractures to her ribs and collar bone, and she fell into a coma.
She died four days later.
Friends and family described Madame Ong, a widow with two children and two grandchildren, as a supportive and well-respected woman.
Following the incident, a petition on change.org calling for a ban on PMDs and e-bikes received traction.
As of 07:30 on Monday, it had more than 75,000 signatures.
There were 228 accidents involving PMD on public roads in 2017 and last year, 196 of which resulted in injuries.
Since November 5, e-scooters have been banned from walking. This is the latest and most difficult measure yet to address public safety issues around their use.
Those who break the rules can be fined up to $ 2,000 and sentenced to up to three months in prison.
From now until the end of the year, authorities will mainly issue warnings to the wrong drivers, but the zero-tolerance approach will be taken up next year.
The ban means that e-scooters will be limited to 440km of bike lanes on the island across the island, instead of the 5,500km of driver lanes they could have used previously.
If convicted of causing rash driving, Hund could be jailed for up to five years and fined.