Recently, you might have read that on 20 June, a 61-year-old woman was killed in an accident at Ang Mo Kio.
The accident occurred at Ang Mo Kio Street 21 near Mayflower Secondary School at around 10.25pm that day, with the police initially announcing that the accident involved a pedestrian and a taxi.
However, further investigations revealed that multiple vehicles were involved in the accident, with two of the vehicles being a Tower Transit bus and a Trans-Cab taxi.
Apart from that, after the woman was hit by multiple vehicles, she was dragged for a distance of around 20m.
A paramedic from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) pronounced the woman dead at the scene afterwards.
And just yesterday (22 June), the police announced that the 53-year-old male bus driver of the Tower Transit bus was arrested for careless driving causing death.
Only One Taxi Driver Remained at Accident Site
After the accident, only the Trans-Cab driver remained at the accident site.
Apparently, the 67-year-old driver had collided with the woman but initially did not notice that he had hit someone.
It was only when he made a U-turn after travelling for a distance that he found out that he had hit someone.
Shin Min reporters at the scene also reported that there was a pool of blood around 20m away from the police tent that covered the woman’s body after the incident.
At the accident scene, the cab driver appeared to be in distress.
His family members later arrived to help calm him down.
Other Drivers Identified Later
After investigations, the drivers of the other vehicles were identified, allowing the police to arrest the 53-year-old bus driver at another place.
Other than the Trans-Cab taxi driver, a 58-year-old man who was driving a private car at the scene is also assisting the police with investigations.
Currently, the police have not determined which vehicle hit the woman first.
Response from Tower Transit and Trans-Cab
After the incident, a Tower Transit spokesperson confirmed that one of the buses that was on the bus service 169 route was involved in the accident.
The spokesperson added that Tower Transit has suspended the bus driver and has contacted the victim’s family to offer its apologies and assistance.
On the other hand, Ms Jasmine Tan, the general manager of Trans-Cab, told The Straits Times that the taxi driver involved in the accident told Trans-Cab about the accident the following day.
She also said that Trans-Cab’s insurance loss adjusters are in the process of contacting the victim’s family to offer condolences and assistance, while Trans-Cab will assist the police in investigations as well.
Under the Road Traffic Act, individuals convicted of causing death by driving without due care may face up to three years’ imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Those convicted of failing to stop in the case of an accident causing death may face up to a year’s imprisonment and a maximum fine of $3,000. They may also be disqualified from driving for at least a year.
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