E-scooter rider hits 7-year-old boy in Woodlands, asks victim: "Why you block my way?"

An e-scooter rider, while ferrying his wife, crashed into a young boy along a pedestrian pathway near Block 549 Woodlands Drive 44 on the afternoon of November 14 last year.

Instead of helping the boy after the accident, the man scolded the seven-year-old victim, shouting at him, “Why you block my way?”

Du Aiwen, 22, was charged in charged in court along with two other e-scooter riders last month, reports Lianhe Wanbao.

He was sentenced on Tuesday (April 3) with causing hurt through negligence, and given a $1,500 fine. 

His e-scooter has also been confiscated and destroyed.

The court heard that the boy had just finished his classes and was walking home along with his father, Mr Wu Zhiqiang, 35, and his friend Mr Ma Guofeng, 34. 

The three of them saw Du and his wife approaching them on an e-scooter and kept to the left side of the pathway to let the e-scooter through. 

As Du rode nearer to the trio, he stepped on his accelerator and sped up. 

At that moment, the boy suddenly stepped towards the right and collided head-on with the e-scooter. 

Du, his wife, and the boy were all thrown on the ground from the resulting collision. 

Mr Wu told  that his son had been sent flying for about two meters from the impact, and the back of his head had hit the ground, 

The boy started crying on the spot. 

Du then alighted from the scooter and started scolding the boy.

He shouted at him: "Why you block my way?"

Mr Wu, enraged by his behaviour, confronted him, but Du raised his fists, threatening to hit him. 

Said Mr Wu: "I saw that he could not be reasoned with, so I called the police immediately."

Du upon realising that Mr Wu was calling the police, tried to leave but was restrained by Mr Ma until the officers arrived. 

The boy was then conveyed to a hospital for treatment. 

According to a medical report, the boy suffered bruises on the right side of his face and injuries on his left hand. 

He did not suffer any fractures but was traumatised by the incident that he vomited thrice. 

For causing hurt via negligence, Du could have been jailed for six months and/or fined up to $$2,500.

The judge in delivering the sentence also took into consideration that the boy was not severely hurt.