Recently, riders of personal mobility aids (PMAs) have been in the news as people worry for their safety after seeing them on the roads.
Unfortunately, a fatal accident has occurred involving an elderly PMA rider. The elderly man and a motorcycle reportedly collided in Jurong West.
The PMA rider sadly succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
The incident took place on Thursday (7 Dec) evening at about 8.35pm, reported Shin Min Daily News.
The location was along Jurong West Avenue 1, in the direction towards Corporation Road.
According to a 75-year-old eyewitness named only as Mr Xie (transliterated from Mandarin), the elderly man was believed to have been riding his PMA across the road when he collided with the motorcyclist.
The retiree told Shin Min that he saw the elderly man lying on the ground, with his PMA next to the road.
The PMA’s seat and tyres had been dislodged, so the impact must have been quite heavy, Mr Xie said.
A bag of tissues and a shoe were also seen scattered on the ground.
A video Mr Xie took showed three paramedics attending to the elderly man, with one giving him cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
However, the man seemed unresponsive.
The motorcyclist had also been flung onto the road, Mr Xie said.
The younger man, who appeared to have suffered injuries to his legs and neck, was moaning in pain.
Other bystanders helped direct traffic to prevent the injured men from being run over.
In response to queries from Shin Min, SCDF said they were alerted to the accident at 8.35pm on Thursday (7 Dec).
They sent two injured people to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.
One of them was a 69-year-old PMA rider, who was unconscious when he was conveyed to the hospital.
Sadly, he later passed away from his injuries.
The other person was a 27-year-old male motorcyclist who was conscious when he was sent to the hospital.
Investigations are currently ongoing.
A friend of the motorcyclist, named only as Nick, said they were informed of the accident by his wife.
The 48-year-old, who lives nearby, was one of about 10 friends who rushed to the scene to render help.
According to the Land Transport Authority (LTA), PMA users caught travelling on roads can face a fine of up to S$2,000, up to 3 months’ jail, or both.
MS News extends our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the deceased, and wishes the injured motorcyclist a speedy recovery.
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Featured image adapted from Shin Min Daily News
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