4-year-old girl killed in Bukit Batok accident: Car driver charged for negligent driving

Sai Mee Chun, a 54-year-old Singaporean motorist, is facing two negligent driving charges after an accident claimed the life of Eleanor Tan Si Xuan, a four-year-old girl, in Bukit Batok Central on Oct 9, 2017, at 6.42pm.

He failed to keep a proper lookout while driving towards Bukit Batok West Ave 2 and collided into Eleanor and her family's domestic helper, Myanmar national Su Su Hiang, 38, the court heard yesterday (Oct 22).

According to The Straits Times, Sai was charged on Oct 12 and will be back in court on Nov 9, after being offered bail of $10,000.

Eleanor and her helper were conveyed to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital on the day of the accident

Eleanor had succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital, while her helper was treated for multiple injuries including fractures to the bottom of her spinal column as well as to her right arm and right shoulder.

Her mother, Jacelyn Wong, was preparing her daughter's favourite meal of steamed eggs at home when the accident occurred.

She told Shin Min Daily News and said: "All mothers have a sixth sense; I felt disturbed when I was cooking."

She waited until 8pm, thinking that Eleanor was late because of a train disruption.

She added: "When I received the call from the hospital, I thought that my daughter had only been injured. But when I got to the hospital with my husband, we found out she had died."

On Nov 23, 2017, Ms Wong posted an appeal on Facebook asking for witnesses to the case.

The penalty for causing death or grievous hurt by negligent driving is imprisonment of up to two years and a fine.