Housewife fined $2,200 for hitting 55-year-old woman while riding on e-scooter

A 49-year-old housewife hit a pedestrian while riding on her e-scooter at Jurong West Avenue 5 at about noon on Nov 3, 2017.

The pedestrian, Madam Chia Gek Sim, had just walked down a flight of stairs when she was hit by Rapiah Sari.

According to The Straits Times, Madam Chia suffered from injuries which included a head wound.

The impact of the collision caused Madam Chia to fall onto a grass patch while Rapiah was thrown off her e-scooter.

Rapiah was fined $2,200 on Dec 19 after pleading guilty to causing hurt to Madam Chia by riding the e-scooter in a negligent manner.

The speed at which Rapiah was riding the e-scooter was not stated in court documents.

Madam Chia was taken by ambulance to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and discharged on Nov 11 that year.

On Wednesday (Dec 19), Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Jason Chua urged District Judge Kenneth Yap to impose a fine of more than $2,000.

Madam Chia's injuries were "not minor" as she also had a head wound, noted DPP Chua.

He added that Rapiah should have taken greater care as she had been riding the e-scooter in a residential estate.

Defence lawyer Muhammad Imran Abdul Rahim added that the staircase was not easily seen from the footpath and pleaded for a lighter fine of $1,200.

For causing injury by performing a negligent act, Rapiah could have been jailed for up to six months and fined up to $2,500.

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