A woman cyclist, 65, currently is in a coma after she collided with an e-scooter in Bedok North on Saturday, September 21, with doctors not sure about her recovery even after a surgery.
The victim, Ong Bee Eng, who is a logistics assistant packer, suffered a serious brain injury after she got involved in an accident with a 20-year-old e-scooter rider. This accident also caused fractures in her ribs and collar bone.
When paramedics reached the accident location they found Ong in an unconscious state and soon she was taken to the Changi General Hospital (CGH) along with the e-scooter rider, who was also injured. Police said that they arrested the 20-year-old man for causing grievous hurt by a rash act.
Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted about the accident at Block 539 Bedok North Street 3 at 10.24 pm on Saturday.
Reports stated that that customers at a coffee shop were watching a football match when they heard a loud noise and saw that both involved in the accident were on the ground.
As per the Ong's 41-year-old son, Ng Chin Khai, the doctors said that his mother, who has been cycling around the neighbourhood for over 10 years, could be left in a vegetative state after her operation.
"I was told that she was about to cross a zebra crossing when the e-scooter, which was travelling very fast, hit her," he said adding that Ong was on her way to home in Chai Chee Street when it took place. He hoped that eyewitnesses would come forward to provide more information to the police.
Chinese-language newspaper Shin Min Daily News shared the pictures of the accident scene that showed bloodstains on the pavement next to the cycle path. Police officers were also seen carrying the e-scooter which is suspected to have been heavily modified and exceeded the weight limit.
It should be noted that as per the rules the 20 kg is the weight limit for PMDs, bicycles and power-assisted bicycles in Singapore. As per the regulations, these devices are also not supposed to be more than 70 cm wide and must have their speed limits capped at 25 km/h while on the public path.