4-year-old girl killed in Bukit Batok accident: Driver of speeding car gets 6 weeks' jail

A motorist sped while driving his housemate's car, knocking down a child and a domestic helper along Bukit Batok Central in 2017.

The accident, which occurred on Oct 9 last year, claimed the life of four-year-old Eleanor Tan Si Xuan and left 38-year-old Myanmar national Su Su Hiang injured.

Former condominium manager Sai Mee Chun, 54, was sentenced to six weeks' jail and disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for five years on Thursday (Dec 6) after pleading guilty to causing death by driving in a negligent manner.

One count of causing grievous hurt to her family's maid by negligent driving was considered during sentencing.

According to The Straits Times, the deceased and the maid were jaywalking when the accident occurred.

Ms Su Su Hlaing had picked up Eleanor from kindergarten at around 6.40pm on the day of the accident. They did not use an overhead bridge to cross the two-lane Bukit Batok Central.

The little girl called out to the maid when they were about two steps away from a central divider, and the pair paused momentarily to talk.

Meanwhile, Sai was driving towards them along the same road in his housemate's car at a speed of about 60kmh even though the speed limit there was 50kmh.

He failed to keep a proper lookout and only noticed the two pedestrians when they were less than half a car length away.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Lee Zu Zhao told District Judge Salina Ishak: "He was unable to stop his car in time and collided into both the deceased and the victim, who were crossing the road from his left to right.

"Both the deceased and the victim were flung forward into the air before landing on the road."

Ms Su Su Hlaing no longer works with Eleanor's family while Sai is now jobless.

Sai, who had a clean driving record prior to the accident, is now out on bail of $10,000 and will surrender himself at the State Courts on Dec 17 to begin serving his sentence.

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